EasyJet enjoys a boost to its traffic in March

BUDGET airline easyJet yesterday reported a better-than-expected 12 per cent jump in monthly passenger figures compared to last year.

The Luton-based budget carrier flew 4.4m people in March, up from 3.9m a year earlier.

The airline carried 51.2m passengers in the 12 months ending March 2011, up 8.5 per cent from 47.2m a year earlier, with an improved annual load factor – a measure of how well an airline fills its planes – of 87.1 per cent from 86.4 per cent, it said.