Ryanair Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest low-cost airline, said Wednesday the number of passengers it carried in September rose 17 percent compared with the same month last year.
The total number of passengers carried in September rose to 3,537,431 compared with 3,023,819 in September 2005, the company said in a statement. In the 12 months to Sept. 30, 2006, the airline carried 38,885,384 passengers.
The load factor _ or the amount of capacity taken up _ was 86 percent in September 2006, compared with 87 percent last year.
Ryanair shares gained 2.5 percent to euro8.61 (US$10.97) on the London Stock Exchange.