The number of passengers carried by Ryanair in November grew by 6% last month to more than 5 million.

The figure for November means that the budget carrier’s annual carryings went up by 2% to a record 81.2 million.

A spokesman said: “Ryanair carried over 5 million customers in November 2013, a new record for November.

“Our load factor rose 1% to 81% and we enjoyed a record 12 months, with over 81 million customers choosing one of Ryanair’s low fares – the first time we have carried over 81 million passengers in a 12-month period.”