National: Boost for budget airlines

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. - Credit: PA

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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