Published on : Saturday, January 6, 2018
EasyJet, one of the British budget airlines carried almost 10 percent more travellers in 2017 than the previous year 2016and the airline authorities had managed to increase the number of passengers despite adverse weather condition that leads over more than 500 flight cancellation.
The airline said that just short of 5.9 million passengers flew on its planes in December, a rise of 5.5 per cent on the same month in 2016. The load factor of a measure of capacity utilization which can be increased by 1.5 percentage points to 91.4 per cent.
That took the rolling 12-month passenger figure to around 81.6 million, representing an increase of 9.6 per cent on the 74.5 million who travelled in the year to the end of December 2016.
The figures in the month of December were strong despite 580 cancellations during the month. Around 400 flights of those cancellations were caused by adverse weather conditions. There also the industrial action also led to some flights being scrapped.
The success of EasyJet in growing passenger numbers in 2017 mirrors that of Irish rival Ryanair. Earlier this week the latter also posted a 10 percent increase in passenger numbers for the year, to around 129 million, despite cancelling tens of thousands of flights from September as a result of a major pilot fiasco that happened in pre Christmas time.