Ryanair 2013 Passenger Numbers Rise 2% to 81.4 Million Travelers

Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, added 2 percent more passengers last year, bringing the total to 81.4 million.

The airline filled 83 percent of available seats on average over the 12 months. Ryanair flew 5 million people in December, up from 4.8 million a year earlier, the Dublin-based carrier said in a statement.

Europe’s second-largest low-cost carrier, EasyJet Plc, and Aer Lingus Group Plc, Ireland’s No. 2 airline, will release their full-year 2013 traffic statistics on Jan. 7.

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