easyJet looks ahead to an even brighter future

After being forced to transform its business as demand for air travel slumped during the pandemic, easyJet is now growing on all fronts. Tom Batchelor looks at the airline’s plans to expand and upgauge its fleet, launch fresh routes and open a new UK base.

In 2020, easyJet registered its first-ever loss, forcing it to shed staff, reduce its fleet and take on new debt. Now, with strong bookings and renewed confidence within the air travel market, the Luton-based low-cost carrier (LCC) is aiming to increase winter capacity by more than 15%, having already seen the number of seats flown jump by 25% in the first half of 2023 compared with the previous year. Passenger numbers have also risen by more than 40%, to 33.1 million in the first six months of the year, versus the same period in 2022, while load factors hover around 90%. 

“We optimised the network and made a step change in our revenue capability, which has and will continue to deliver,” an easyJet spokesperson told Airliner World.

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