EasyJet grows passenger numbers in November

BUDGET airline easyJet carried 3.69m passengers in November, it said yesterday, an increase of 10.2 per cent on the same month in 2009.

Its load factor – a key measure that determines how full planes are – increased to 85.7 per cent from 84.8 per cent, bringing the twelve-month rolling figure to 87.2 per cent.

Last month, the no-frills airline famed for its bright orange logo, said full-year profit had soared almost threefold, as improving demand and cheaper fuel bolstered the bottom line. Recently-installed chief executive Carolyn McCall also said the group would begin paying a dividend in 2012.

However, the group has been hampered by disagreements over the pace of expansion in future years.

Founder and largest shareholder Stelios Haji-Ioannou wants to put the brakes on expansion by capping aircraft numbers at 200.