EasyJet to deliver bumper rise in profits this year

Solid results come despite strike chaos that caused airline to cancel 1,000 flights in June

EasyJet will deliver a bumper rise in profits this year as it shrugs off industrial action and benefits from the woes of rivals.

The budget airline said that following a strong fourth quarter, it expects headline profits for the full year to come in between £570 million and £580 million. This compares with £408 million it booked in 2017.

The solid results come despite strike chaos that caused easyJet to cancel more than 1,000 flights in June as a result of air traffic control industrial action in France and Italy.

EasyJet said it has also benefited from a number of "one-off events", including the bankruptcies of Monarch and Air Berlin, as well as cancellations at Ryanair.


Chief executive Johan Lundgren said: "EasyJet expects to deliver a strong performance in both quarter four and the full year, driven by better-than-expected growth in passenger and ancillary revenues, as well as reduced losses at our Tegel operation.


“We now expect our headline profits for the year to be between £570 million and £580 million, at the top half of our guidance range. This has been achieved despite higher costs caused by disruption due to third party industrial action and severe weather.”

EasyJet also saw better-than-expected growth in passengers in the fourth quarter, with annual revenue expected to hit £5.9 billion.

Passenger numbers for the full year, excluding its Tegel operations in Germany, are expected to increase by 5.4 per cent to 84.6 million, driven by greater capacity. The load factor for the full year is expected to rise by 1 per cent to 93.6 per cent.

Total revenue per seat, excluding Tegel, is set to increase 6.5 per cent, or 5 per cent at constant currency. – PA