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Ryanair claims new monthly passenger record

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Ryanair has set a new record for passenger numbers in a single month by flying more than 12 million people during July.

The Irish low-cost carrier said it carried 12.6 million passengers in July – an 11 per cent rise on the 11.3 million passengers who flew with Ryanair in July 2016.

The airline said load factor in July also reached 97 per cent as Ryanair used lower fares to drive passenger traffic. Over the last 12 months, Ryanair has carried 125.1 million people – an increase of 13 per cent on the previous year.

Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “July was a record month for Ryanair, as we became the first European airline to carry over 12 million customers in a single month.

“Our load factor jumped 1 percentage point to 97 per cent, on the back of lower fares and the continuing success of our Always Getting Better customer experience programme.”

Meanwhile central European carrier Wizz Air saw a 23.7 per rise in traffic during July to 2.8 million passengers.

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