Ryanair has reported a 4% increase in passenger numbers for July.

The airline said its passenger traffic rose by 300,000 to 9.15 million from 8.84 million last month.

Its load factor - how many seats it fills on each flight - rose from 88% to 91% last month.

Ryanair recently lifted its profits guidance for the whole of its year running from April to €620-650m. That compared with the previous forecast range of €580-620m that was given in May.

If realised, the forecast for the whole year represents a jump of more than a fifth on last year's earnings after tax. 

The group forecast that it will carry 86 million passengers this year, up 5% from the figure last year. That was up from the previous forecast of 84.6 million passengers.