Ryanair kicked off the start of summer with a 12% jump in the number of passengers carried.

Europe’s largest low-fares airline carried 11.8 million passengers in June, up by 1.2 million on the same month last year.

More passengers per flight were carried last month, with a load factor of 96% recorded, a year-on-year rise of two percentage points.

Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs attributed the monthly hike in passengers to lower fares and the airline’s ‘always getting better’ customer service scheme.

“Customers can still avail of great fares for low cost summer breaks and make advance bookings for winter 2017,” he said.

Eastern and central European budget rival Wizz Air saw June carryings rise by 23.6% to almost 2.5 million passengers with a load factor up by 0.6 percentage points to 92.3% as it opened its 28th base at Luton airport.

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