04/12/2013 11:27 GMT | Updated 04/12/2013 11:44 GMT

Ryanair Enjoys Record November Flying 5.2 Million Passengers

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary laughs as he waits to be interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Budget airline Ryanair has announced its best November on record, carrying 5.2 million passengers last month.

Ryanair's total was 6% higher than in November 2012, taking the passenger total for the 12 months up to November to 81.2m, a new high. The planes were also 81% full when flying, compared to 80% last November.

Sadly Ryanair colourful chief executive Michael O'Leary has kept to his vow of silence, but Ryanair head of comms Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair carried over 5m customers in November 2013, a new record for November, thanks to the success of Ryanair’s offer of lower fares."

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The figures will be welcome news for the airline, which was forced to issue two profit warnings in as many months due to fare pressure, increased competition and Europe's continued economic problems. Meanwhile, Ryanair's rival EasyJet has enjoyed a bumper 51% boost in profits as it flew more than 60m passengers.