RYANAIR carried 7.68 million passengers in August, 12pc more than in the corresponding month last year, while Aer Lingus reduced its capacity by 13.3pc.
Ryanair revealed that its load factor, or percentage of seats filled on aircraft, slipped one percentage point to 89pc. In the 12 months to August 10, it carried 70.9 million passengers and had an average load factor of 82pc.
Overall load factor at Aer Lingus in the month rose to 85.7pc, an increase of 2.7 points compared to August 2009. Its total passenger numbers in August 2010 were 1,012,000. Meanwhile, Aer Lingus could bring in smaller aircraft, made by Brazilian manufacturers Embraer and Canada's Bombardier.