By Daniel Hunter

Ryanair has reported a 66% rise in annual profits, just beating analysts' expectations.

The Irish airline posted profits of €867 million (£614m; $948m) for the year to the end of March.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said the company's push on customer experience attracted "millions of new customers to Ryanair".

"Our AGB (Always Getting Better) programme is transforming our customer experience, our service, and the way we listen and respond to our customers," Mr O'Leary said.

"We have won substantial traffic and share gains in all markets."

Passenger numbers were up 11% to 90.6 million which boosted total revenue by 12% to €5.6bn.