Bad weather contributed to an increased number of easyJet flights being cancelled last month.

The budget carrier today revealed that it was forced to cancel 580 flights in December compared with 330 in the same month in 2016.

The main contributors to this were adverse weather conditions causing about 400 cancellations.

Runway closures made up the majority of the remaining cancellations together with some impact from industrial action, the airline said.

The disclosure came as easyJet reported a 5.5% rise in passenger carryings in December to 5.8 million, with a load factor up to 91.4% from 89.9% in the same month the previous year.

The result meant that easyJet’s 2017 passenger numbers grew by 9.6% to 81.6 million against 74.4 million in 2016.