EasyJet passenger numbers rise by more than seven per cent

Budget airline EasyJet saw its passenger numbers rise by 7.7 per cent in July, compared to the same period the previous year.

More than 6.4 million people flew with the airline during July, an increase from last year’s figure of 5.9 million. In the 12 months to July, annual passenger figures were up by 5.9 per cent to 63.8 million. The passenger load factor also rose in July, by 1.3 per cent to reach 92.9 per cent, reports travelweekly.co.uk

EasyJet wasn’t the only budget airline to see dramatic passenger increases last month, as Ryanair reported that its customer numbers had risen by four per cent, which equates to around 300,000 extra passengers. This means a total of 9.15 million people travelled with the airline in July. Ryanair’s load factor also rose to 91 per cent, a three per boost from 2013’s 88 per cent, reports buyingbusinesstravel.com.

Chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, commented that Ryanair offers the cheapest fares in every market, but the airline also has so much more to offer to its customers.

“Ryanair traffic grew by 300,000 to 9.15 million customers in July thanks to our lower fares and our improving customer experience, including our great new website and mobile app, allocated seating, a free second small carry-on bag and PED use on all flights,” he explained.