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Ryanair to carry 3.5 million customers over Christmas

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Interior of Ryanair Boeing 737-800

Interior of Ryanair Boeing 737-800

Interior of Ryanair Boeing 737-800

Ryanair has announced that it will carry at least 3.5m customers over the Christmas and New Year holiday periods, capping a hugely successful year for the airline.

"Record bookings" for December 20th to January 6th will see the airline carry 500,000 more passengers than the same period in 2013, it says.

Extra Christmas flights to Poland and the UK are booking up fast, it notes.

In addition, Ryanair has benefited from the number of families booking Christmas sun holidays to the Algarve and Canaries, and winter breaks to Brussels and Lisbon.

Ryanair will operate flights up to 16.40hrs (GMT) on Christmas Eve, resuming flights at 07.40hrs (GMT) on St Stephen’s Day.

This "to ensure everyone gets home for Christmas", it says.

The forecast caps a remarkable year for the airline, with a $17bn order for new planes and a full-year profit forecast of over €750 million making headlines recently.

Online Editors