Ryanair has reported a 15% increase in passenger numbers for October.

The airline said it carried a total of 9.68 million passengers in October compared to a figure of 8.43 million the same time last year.

Its load factor - how many seats it fills on each flight - also rose to 94% last month from 89% in October of last year.

Earlier this week, Ryanair reported a half year profit of €1.4 billion for the six months to the end of September - the figure included a one-off gain of €317m from selling its stake in Aer Lingus to IAG.

Ryanair said it carried 58 million passengers over the first six months of the year, representing 13% growth in traffic.

In July, it became the first EU airline to carry more than 10 million passengers in a single month.