EasyJet is the latest airline to report rising traffic during May

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EASYJET carried 7.9 per cent more passengers in May, the low-cost airline announced yesterday.

The carrier follows budget rival Ryanair and British Airways parent firm IAG in posting strong growth for the last month, which contained two bank holiday weekends.

EasyJet said its load factor, a measure of how full each plane is, rose 1.3 percentage points to 89.4 per cent. In the year to the end of May, the airline’s passenger numbers are up 4.6 per cent on the prior year.

As well as growing in popularity with holidaymakers in Europe, EasyJet has been working to attract business travellers with paid-for assigned seating.

The company released a poll this week showing that seat 7F – a spot by the right-hand side windows towards the front of the plane – is the most popular place to sit. Seat 19C, in the middle, was deemed the least attractive seat.

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