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The UK’s Low-Cost Carriers Have a Very Strong June

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Well, when your national team gets knocked out of the world’s biggest sporting event in the first round you tend to want to get away, and fast.

— Jason Clampet

Low-cost airlines have experienced a surge in passenger numbers for June as more travellers seek flight options that provide value for money.

EasyJet reported a 10pc increase in traffic, to 6.1m from 5.5m, boosted by acquisitions of extra flight slots from Flybe in April.

The airline’s load factor – a measure of how full its planes were – edged up 2.1pc to 92pc, while total passenger numbers for the year to June were 63m.

Passenger figures at Ryanair, which on Thursday announced it is to fly to Glasgow from October, increased by 5pc to 8.3m for June, compared to 7.9m in the same month last year.

“Even during austerity, people have protected their summer holidays – it’s an essential now rather than something that is nice to have,” a spokesman for Easyjet said.

“We have held on to many customers who enjoyed travelling with us during the peak of the recession.”

Irish airline Aer Lingus said it transported a total of 995,000 passengers in June, excluding its regional operations, up 4.9pc on the 949,000 it carried in the same period last year.

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