Ryanair is on track to hit upgraded guidance on passenger numbers, carrying more than 10 million people this month as a post-pandemic recovery continues with strong bookings to the end of the year, group chief executive Michael O'Leary said today.

The airline last month said it expected to fly between 90 million and 100 million people in the 12 months to the end of March 2022, compared to a peak of 149 million before the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Ryanair is recovering strongly, much faster than other any airline in Europe. Bookings are increasing very rapidly," Mr O'Leary told a news conference in Lisbon today.

After flying 5 million passengers in June, representing a third of 2019 levels, numbers soared to 9.3 million in July and are expected to reach about 10.5 million in August, he added.

"Bookings for the remainder of this year, through September, October, November are looking very strong, but pricing is weak. We are selling a lot of cheap seats to recover the market very quickly," Michael O'Leary said.

Following Ryanair's news conference, Belfast International Airport said that the airline had informed it that it plans to withdraw its operations from there at the end of October.