Passengers using Ryanair rose by 28% last month to a record 7.4 million helped by lower fares.

Europe’s largest budget carrier achieved a load factor of 93% in February, up four percentage points year-on-year.

The rolling annual total of carryings was up by 17% to 104.6 million passengers.

Chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “Ryanair’s February traffic grew by 28% to 7.4m customers, while our load factor jumped 4% points to 93%.

“These record monthly numbers and load factors are due to our lower fares, our stronger forward bookings and the continuing success of our ‘Always Getting Better’ customer experience programme, which continues to deliver better than expected traffic and load factors.

“Ryanair customers continue to enjoy more service enhancements, as we continue year two of our AGB programme, which includes our new website, new app, new cabin interiors, new crew uniforms, and improved in-flight menus, as Ryanair continues to deliver much more than just the lowest fares and the most on time flights in Europe.”