easyJet announces September passenger statistics

easyJet has revealed its passenger numbers for September 2012 and for the 12 months to the end of September 2012.

The number of earned seats flown totalled 5,451,217 compared with 5,181,839 in September 2011, a 5.2% increase. Earned seats include seats that are flown whether or not the passenger turns up because easyJet is a no-refund airline, and once a flight has departed a no-show customer is generally not entitled to change flights or seek a refund. Earned seats also include seats provided for promotional purposes and to staff for business travel.

The load factor in September 2012 was 88.5%, which was 1.1 percentage points down on last September’s 89.6%. easyJet calculates its load factor as the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available for passengers, with no weighting to recognise the effect of varying stage lengths.

The rolling 12 month figure to the end of September 2012 totalled 58,399,840 earned seats flown compared with 54,509,271 for the 12 months to the end of September 2011, a 7.1% increase. The load factors for the respective periods were 88.7% and 87.3%.

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