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easyJet announces April passenger statistics

easyJet has released details of its passengers numbers and load factor during April 2010, showing figures clearly affected by the closedown of European airspace due to the ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland.

The airline carried 3,490,599 passengers during the month, a 7.6% decrease on the 3,776,582 who flew with the airline in April 2009. The load factor for the month rose by 1.1 percentage points to 85.2% from last April’s 84.2%.

For the rolling 12 months ending 30 April 2010, passenger numbers rose by 5.6% to 46,936,188 compared with the 44,427,390 for the 12 month period ending 30 April 2009. The load factors for the respective periods were 86.5% and 85.2%, a 1.2 pp increase in the more recent period of the two.

As mentioned, the figures were impacted by the large number of cancellations as a result of the volcanic ash cloud. easyJet says that before this disruption it had expected seats flown in April 2010 to be around 5 million and the passenger number to be around 4.3 million representing growth in passenger numbers of 14% and a load factor of 86.2%.

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