The peak summer month of August saw passengers using Ryanair jump by 10%.

Europe’s largest budget airline flew 12.7 million passengers last month against 11.5 million in the same month last year.

The load factor grew by one percentage point to 97%.

The August figure gave the airline a 13% rising in the rolling total of annual passengers to 126.2 million.

Chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said the increase was due to lower fares and the airline’s ‘Always Getting Better’ passenger experience initiative.

”Customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for winter 2017,” he said.

Central and eastern European budget rival Wizz Air yesterday reported a 24.4% hike in August carryings to more than 2.8 million with an improved load factor of 95.4%.