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Ryanair today said it flew record numbers of passengers in August, as the low-cost airline’s resurgence continues apace.
The Dublin-based airline revealed it flew 10.4 million passengers last month, 10% higher than the same month last year.
Its load factor, indicating how full the airline’s planes were in the holiday month, increased by 2% to 95%.
Ryanair said that its efforts to be nicer to its passengers were behind the strong figures, as well as its lower fares and strong forward bookings.
The Irish company is expected to increase its services over the winter period, with more aircraft based in Dublin than before.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary is predicting the “mother and father” of price wars between Ireland and the UK this winter, as Ryanair takes the competition to IAG, the owner of British Airways and new parent of Aer Lingus.
Ryanair profits rose by two thirds to €867 million (£636 million) in the year to end of March.