Ryanair claims 1st EU airline to carry 8m passengers in a month

Ryanair says it is the first European airline to carry more than 8 million passengers in one month as its traffic grew by 6% in July to 8.1 million, beating its own previous record of 7.8 million set in August 2010.

Ryanair’s load factor for July was 89%, 1 percentage point up on last July’s 88%.

Ryanair carried more than 75 million passengers in the 12 months ending July 2011, with an average load factor over the period of 83%.

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