Cheap flights carrier Ryanair has announced that it carried almost 58 million passengers during 2008, an increase of 18 percent from 2007’s figure.
December proved a particularly impressive month for the airline after it reported carrying 4.4 million passengers – up 11 percent from December 2007’s figure.
Holidaymakers flying to Europe ensured that August was Ryanair’s busiest month, with the airline transporting 5.7 million passengers to its 729 destinations.
Commenting on the figures, Stephen McNamara, from Ryanair, said: "We are delighted with our eight million traffic growth in 2008 and aim to carry over 65 million passengers in 2009 as more passengers chose Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares in tougher economic times."
May also proved to be a significant month, with the carrier breaking the five million passenger mark for the first time.
The airline confirmed earlier this month that it would operate a World Cup special flight for Irish football fans travelling to Bari in Italy on April 1st.