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Ryanair breaks passenger record in 2009

Cheap flights carrier Ryanair carried seven million more passengers in 2009 than it did in 2008

Cheap flights carrier Ryanair carried seven million more passengers in 2009 than it did in 2008, with a total of 65 million people travelling on one of its flights.

This is an increase of seven million travellers compared to the previous year’s total, with the low-cost airline setting a record in July, when it broke the six million passenger total for the first time.

The record was broken a month later when Ryanair carried 6.9 million people, with the economic downturn likely to have influenced people’s decisions to book with a cheap flights airline.

"We are delighted that over 65 million passengers travelled with Ryanair in 2009 and we are confident that even more passengers will opt for our guaranteed lowest fares in 2010," Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said.

Mr McNamara went on to say that the airline’s record of very few cancelled flights and the fact that few bags are mishandled worked in the company’s favour.

In March, Ryanair will launch flights to Fuerteventura from ten UK airports.

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