Ryanair said it flew 7 million passengers in August, up 59% on July as it returned to a more regular schedule but still less than half the number it flew a year earlier before the Covid-19 pandemic hit air travel. 

Traffic was down 53% on an annual basis after Europe's biggest budget carrier operated around 60% of its normal August schedule. 

It recorded a 73% load factor, which measures how well an airline fills available seats, similar to the level in July. 

The airline last month decided to reduce its flight capacity by a further 20% in September and October after a reimposition of some travel restrictions led to a weakness in forward bookings, particularly among business travellers.