EasyJet sees strong summer bookings after improved second quarter
low cost airline easyJet reported improved trading in the second quarter after Covid travel restrictions were removed, adding that summer bookings were following ahead of the 2019 pre-pandemic.
The airline, which has been hit hard by staff shortages and flight cancellations over the Easter holiday period, said on Tuesday it had completed 94% of its scheduled schedule over the past seven days “despite the recent increase in the number of crews testing positive for Covid19”.
“We proactively managed this in advance by making preemptive cancellations as early as possible, allowing the majority of our customers to rebook flights departing the same day,” the company said.
It now expects to post a group pre-tax loss of between £535m and £565m and expects third quarter capacity to be around 90% of 2019 levels, while fourth quarter capacity on sale remains close to 2019.
Passenger numbers climbed to 11.5 million for the three months to March 31, from 1.1 million the previous year.
“Since the removal of travel restrictions, easyJet has seen a strong recovery in trading which has continued, resulting in a positive outlook for Easter and beyond, with daily summer booking volumes currently ahead of those in the same period of fiscal 2019,” the company added.