Rise in budget airline passengers

Ryanair and easyJet both put on passenger numbers
Ryanair and easyJet both put on passenger numbers
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​Rival low-fare airlines easyJet and Ryanair both carried an increased number of passengers last month.

More than 6.61 million people travelled on easyJet flights in August 2014 - an 8.4​ per cent​ rise on the total for August 2013 - while Ryanair’s August 2014 traffic rose ​four per cent​ to 9.4 million.

More than 64.33 million passengers travelled with easyJet in the 12 months ending August 2014 - a 6.4​ per cent​ rise on the figure for the 12 months ending August 2013.

Ryanair’s figure for the 12 months ending August 2014 was 83.4 million - a ​four per cent​ increase on the previous 12 months.

EasyJet’s planes flew 94.2​ per cent​ full last month - a record - while Ryanair’s August 2014 figure of 93​ per cent​ was also an all-time high.

The passenger boom seems set to continue into September, with easyJet saying it expects to have its busiest-ever day tomorrow with 1,451 flights carrying more than 210,000 passengers.