Ryanair said it transported 10.6 million people last month - more than double the number reported for September 2020 - while competitor Wizz Air said it carried nearly 3 million passengers, a 91% increase.
Fully vaccinated people entering the UK from all but “red list” countries will need only to complete a PCR test two days after arrival in the UK.
Shares in Ryanair rose by as much as 2.6% in the morning, while shares in British Airways parent company IAG were up around 1%. The Bank of America’s Sky Tracker also reported international bookings have been soaring after the US announced it would ease travel restrictions, news likely to boost IAG.
Hungary-based Wizz Air and EasyJet both saw shares rise in early trading before settling back around level. Last month EasyJet rejected a takeover offer from Wizz, which is pursuing expansion in Western Europe.