EasyJet grows passenger numbers in November

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ET 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.