Budget airlines easyJet and Norwegian have both reported a rise in passenger numbers last month against July 2016.

EasyJet said it had carried nearly 8.2 million passengers in the month, up 8.9% on the same month last year. Its load factor rose by 1% to 96.8%.

The rise in passengers follows a similar pattern over the past 12 month. In the year up to the end of July, easyJet has seen a 8.9% rise in passengers.

Norwegian recorded a 15% year-on-year increase in passengers in July – the first month it carried more than 3.3 million customers. Its load factor was 94%.

CEO of Norwegian, Bjørn Kjos, said: “We are very pleased that an increasing number of passengers choose Norwegian for their travels, not least intercontinentally. This proves that travellers in Europe, the U.S. and Asia appreciate low fares, new aircraft and friendly service.”