Ryanair passenger numbers up 5%

Ryanair has today reported a 5% increase in passenger numbers in January, compared to the same month last year.

The airline carried 4.6 million people in the month.

Traffic in the 12 months to the end of January was up 3% to 81.6 million people. Load factor was unchanged at 71%.

Meanwhile, Ryanair announced today that it is extending the time during which passengers can use their electronic devices.

As long as devices such as phones, tablets and mp3 players are switched to flight mode, and people pay attention to their safety demonstrations, the gadgets can be used throughout their time on board.

"The Irish Aviation Authority is one of the first regulatory authorities in the world to approve this measure and we wish to commend them for their initiative," said Ryanair’s Robin Kiely.

"We are working hard to improve our service to all customers and today’s PED approval is the latest in a series of changes which we know our customers will love."

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