EasyJet sees 10% rise in passenger number in October despite strikes and cancellations

Published on : Tuesday, November 7, 2017

easyjetBudget airline easyJet has seen a surge of about 9.9 per cent in passenger numbers last month, despite French strikes leading to a slew of cancellations.



The London-listed company, which recently announced it was paying around £35m for bankrupt Air Berlin’s slots at the German capital’s Tegel airport, reported that it had transported just over 7.5 million passengers during October, up from just over 6.8 million throughout the same month in 2016.



The load factor (the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available) has also seen have increased by  2.3 percentage points to 92.5 per cent. This essentially means that the rolling 12-month period to the end of October, easyJet transported just over 80.9 million passengers, up from just short of 73.6 million in the equivalent period to the end of October 2016. It is also a 10% rise and is indeed impressive given the  434 flight cancellations that took place due to strikes and adverse weather conditions.



In other news, Norwegian reported a stellar set of traffic figures, chalking up a 14 per cent increase in passenger numbers for the month of October, thanks in large part to a surge in popularity for the airline’s intercontinental routes. Over 3.1 million passengers flew with Norwegian on October 2017.

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