Wizz Air cut CO2 emissions last month despite flying 19% more passengers.

Data for June released by the Hungarian low cost carrier show carryings of 3.6 million against just over 3 million in the same month last year.

CO2 emissions were 2.9% lower than the same month last year, at 57.3 grams per passenger/km.

This came as the airline operated 19,199 flights, with cancellations down to 32 from 79 in the same month in 2018. The Wizz Air fleet grew to 114 aircraft in June.

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Last month saw Wizz Air announce plans to purchase 20 new extended range Airbus A321neo XLR aircraft as it seeks to expand into long-haul routes from 2023.

The airline also announced 38 new routes covering Georgia, Austria and Poland.

The passenger load factor for June rose by 1.7 percentage points to 95%.

Meanwhile, Ryanair group carryings rose by 13% in June to 14.2 million with a load factor of 97% as almost 78,000 scheduled flights were operated. Europe’s largest low cost carrier saw numbers increase by 8% to 13.6 million while Austrian arm Lauda contributed 600,000.

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