Ryanair passenger numbers up 9%

Budget airline Ryanair carried 7.33 million passengers last month - 9% more than in June 2010, it was announced today.

The Irish no-frills carrier's planes travelled 84% full in June 2011 - the same figure as in June 2010.

In the 12 months ending June 2011, Ryanair carried 75.5 million passengers.

Elsewhere, British Airways parent International Airline Group (IAG) said the carrier saw revenue passenger kilometres - an alternative measure for passenger volume - were up 15% in June year on year.

The number of passengers carried by the whole group - which was formed when BA merged with Spanish carrier Iberia - was up 3.8% at 4.5 million in the month.