DUBLIN (AP) — Ryanair has reported record profits as Europe's largest budget airline expands across the continent.
The Dublin-based carrier said Monday its full-year net profit rose 13 percent to 569.3 million euros ($729 million), eclipsing last year's record.
Sales rose 13 percent to 4.9 billion euros for the fiscal year ending in March. This reflects a 6 percent rise in average ticket prices and 217 new routes, taking Ryanair's network to more than 1,600. Ryanair carried 79.3 million passengers, up 5 percent.
Ryanair offered a cautious outlook, noting that recession across much of Europe meant it probably wouldn't beat Monday's figures. It forecast a 2014 profit in the range of 570 million euros to 600 million euros.
Its network is expected to keep growing. Ryanair in March ordered 175 more Boeing 737-800s.
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