EasyJet now carrying 60m people a year

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EASYJET has boosted its passenger numbers above 60m a year for the first time, the budget carrier announced yesterday.

The orange-liveried carrier said traffic rose 5.6 per cent in the 12 months to the end of May, helped by fuller planes and a string of new routes across Europe.

The company has doubled its traffic since 2005, and last year launched a push into reserved seating and other perks for business travellers to broaden its customer base.

But flights to holiday destinations Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva and Malaga are its most popular, with these five together attracting almost 7m passengers a year, EasyJet said yesterday.