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Ryanair (RYA.I) has nudged up its passenger target for the autumn amid signs of a “very strong recovery” in European short-haul flights, Chief Executive Michael O’Leary told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

The Irish airline, Europe’s largest by passenger numbers, is expected to fly 10.5 million passengers per month in September, October and November, O’Leary said.

That compares with a July forecast of an average of 10 million for each of those months.

The CEO also said Ryanair was on target to exceed its 10.5 million passenger target for August.

Capacity should return to pre-pandemic levels in October, from close to 90% in September and 80% in August, he added. But the airline is likely to fly with an average of 15-20% empty seats on planes this winter compared with 7-8% before the pandemic.