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National: Boost for budget airlines

PUBLISHED: 13:48 08 February 2014

Ryanair said today a series of promotions had succeeded in driving an upturn in bookings.

Ryanair said today a series of promotions had succeeded in driving an upturn in bookings.

Passenger numbers are on the rise

Two major budget airlines carried an increased number of passengers last month.

Ryanair numbers reached 4.6 million in January 2014 - a 5.0% rise on the January 2013 figure.

The Irish low-fare airline carried 81.6 million people in the 12 months ending January 2014 - a 3% increase on the figure for the 12 months ending January 2013.

EasyJet announced it had carried 4.02 million passengers last month - a rise of 3.7% on its January 2013 total. Its planes flew 85.4% full last month compared with Ryanair’s figure of 71.0%.

EasyJet’s passenger numbers for the 12 months ending January 2014 totalled 61.47 million - a 3.6% increase on the previous 12-month period.

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