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Ryanair passenger dip

RYANAIR has recorded an 8pc fall in passenger numbers last month as it decided to ground more aircraft during the winter.

The group said that 76.7 million passengers booked with the airline but it had expected a further 10pc decline.

Overall passenger traffic at European airports increased by 3.4pc in October, compared to last year, but that growth rate was less than half that recorded in September.