Low-cost carrier easyJet posted a 6.6 per cent growth in passenger numbers in June welcoming 7.9 million – compared to the previous 12 months.
The airline saw a 1.8 per cent increase in capacity in June and 1.4 percentage point rise in load factor to 93.5 per cent compared to June 2017. All numbers were also up when compared to June 2017 with passenger numbers increasing by 2.3%.
Italian, Spanish and UK city breaks as well as Balearic beach breaks proved popular in the month, easyJet said.
The airline operated around 51,000 flights in June 2018 – an average of 1,700 flights a day – and carried more than a quarter of a million passengers per day across its European network.
The statistics do not include the airline’s Tegel operations, which commenced on 5th January 2018.
There were 1,263 cancellations in June 2018 – equivalent to 2.7 per cent of planned capacity and up on the 213 experienced in June 2017. Around 900 were due to French and Italian industrial action with a further 150 arising from adverse weather conditions and ATC restrictions.
easyJet chief executive officer, Johan Lundgren said: “French ATC industrial action has caused considerable disruption to European airspace throughout May and June. We pre-emptively cancelled flights to give customers the time to change their flights free of charge or receive a refund and ensured we provided accommodation for those affected.
“We share passengers’ frustration over the strikes which already this year have resulted in more than 26 strike days causing more than 5,000 flight cancellations with Europe’s major airlines impacting millions of passengers.
“Airlines have suggested a range of practical solutions to mitigate the impact of ATC strikes on passengers and we continue to raise the issue with politicians across Europe.”