EasyJet and Aer Lingus both saw a rise in passengers flown in October.

Passengers using the UK budget carrier rose by 6.2% to 5.2 million last month over October 2011.

Total carryings for the year to October were up by 7% to 58.7 million with an improved load factor of 88.6%.

Meanwhile, the Irish airline saw numbers rise by 0.9% to 962,000 for the month. Short-haul passengers remained almost static over October 2011 at 876,00 while long-haul carryings rose by 10.3% to 86,000.

The carrier’s short-haul load factor declined by 1.7 points to 77.4% while the long-haul load factor improved by 8.3 points to 83%.