Easyjet sees 44% jump in business travellers

13 May 2014 by GrahamSmith

Twelve million business travellers flew with Easyjet in the year to March 31, the airline announced today.

The figure is a 44 per cent jump on the 8.4 million passengers travelling in business class that Easyjet carried in 2010.

The budget carrier attributed this increase to its new Inclusive Fare and free fast-track through security at the majority of its primary airports.

Easyjet carried a total of 62 million passengers in the year to March 31 — 12 million business travellers represents almost 20 per cent of its passenger traffic.

Carolyn McCall, Easyjet's chief executive, said: "The increase in business travellers flying with EasyJet shows that we are delivering on the strategy we launched in 2010 to increase our appeal to the business travel sector.

"Enhancements like allocated seating, Inclusive Fares and fast-track security have all played a part in enabling easyJet to attract more high yielding business passengers and to win a larger slice of the corporate market."

She added: "Recession and austerity has also encouraged business passengers across Europe to sample Easyjet and when they do so they like the experience and the great value and they tend to stay with us.

"Ninety-five per cent of passengers travelling on business say they will fly with us again which shows that this focus by businesses on value is here to stay."

The news comes as Easyjet today released its results for the six months until March 31.

Graham Smith

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