Wizz Air claims to have cut emissions in the past year despite expansion.

The eastern and central European budget carrier revealed that its CO2 emissions in grams per passenger/km for October were 2% lower than in the same month last year at 56.8 grams.

The figure compares with larger low cost rival Ryanair’s latest figure of 66 grams of CO2 per passenger.

Wizz Air revealed that passenger carryings rose by 21% last month to 3.7 million with the load factor up by 1.3 percentage points year-on-year to 94%.

The airline’s fleet has risen to 120 aircraft with the introduction of a 239-seat Airbus A321neo.

Wizz Air is also expanding in Ukraine with six new routes starting in March 2020 from a new base in Zaporizhzhya.

Meanwhile, Ryanair Group’s October carryings grew by 5% to 13.8 million to give an annual rolling total up by 9% to 151 million.

Ryanair contributed the bulk of business with 13.2 million passengers, while Austrian subsidiary Lauda handled 600,000.