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Ryanair breaks passenger world record

05 August 2016 10:38

Ryanair became the first airline to carry more than 11 million passengers in one month

Ryanair became the first airline to carry more than 11 million passengers in one month

Ryanair has broken the world record for the most passengers carried by an airline in one month.

The figures mean the Irish airline became the first company to carry more than 11 million passengers in just four weeks.

Cheap fares bags customers

With the summer holidays in full swing, July is usually a strong month for airlines.

On top of the seasonal boost, the number of holidaymakers booking Ryanair flights also rose by around 12 per cent due to cheaper fares.

According to the airline, its fares are down 10% compared to last year, encourage more people to use its services.

Airline is flying over hurdles

Ryanair said that it had continued to win customers despite the political hurdles of Brexit and French air traffic control strikes.

Ryanair's Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs said: "These record passenger figures were delivered at lower fares, and thanks to the continuing success of our 'Always Getting Better' programme which continues to win new customers and new markets, despite yet more French air traffic control strikes and continuing post-Brexit market uncertainty.

"Our customers, and in particular families, are flying in even greater numbers this summer, thanks to Ryanair's lower fares that are already down 10% versus last year."

Customers do not seem to have been put off by French air traffic control strikes that forced the airline to cancel dozens of flights in previous months causing travel chaos.

With more strikes predicted, taking out trusted travel insurance will protect against travel delays or cancellations.

Ryanair said it would cut the number of flights it offers from London Stansted and shift its focus towards airports outside the UK following the decision to leave the EU in June.

New seat reservation rules

Last week, the airline announced that as of September 1, adults travelling with children under 12 will have to pay for reserved seats.

One adult travelling with each child, or group of children, will be required to reserve a seat. But the child will be allocated a seat with the adult free of charge.

The airline has said it will offer a special reduced fare of €4 to book these seats.

The move, which the airline says is a response to "boarding issues as crews tried to re-seat customers with young children", will increase the cost of flying for many families.