Although customers continued to book at shorter notice than before the pandemic, the company announced when it presented the interim balance sheet on Thursday in Luton near London. However, the number of bookings over the past ten weeks has consistently been higher than at the same time in 2019.
In the most important travel months of July to September, Easyjet now wants to offer 97 percent of the flight capacity from 2019. In the current quarter until the end of June it should already be 90 percent. “We are confident that we will almost reach the flight level of 2019 with our plans for the summer,” said Easyjet boss Johan Lundgren.
He expects even greater demand for holiday and domestic flights: Easyjet wants to offer even more flights here in the current second half of the financial year up to the end of September than in the same period before the pandemic. Business and city travel traffic is recovering, but has not yet reached the level of 2019, Easyjet reported.
Meanwhile, management does not dare to predict whether Easyjet will be in the black this fiscal year after the difficult time during the pandemic. This is also due to the increased fuel prices.
As already known, Easyjet increased sales six-fold in the past winter half-year to around 1.5 billion British pounds (1.8 billion francs) after the business had suffered severely from the corona pandemic and travel restrictions a year earlier. Adjusted pre-tax loss narrowed by a good fifth to £545m, in line with guidance given in mid-April. The bottom line was that the loss fell by a similar amount to £422m.