EasyJet passenger numbers climb ever higher

 
Guy Bentley
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Budget airline EasyJet has reported a rise in passenger numbers of 2.9 per cent to 4.2m for February 2014.

The FTSE 100 company enjoyed an even greater rise in passenger numbers of 3.5 per cent to 61.5m for the 12 months ended February.

Part of the company's growing popularity is attributable to the success of its new system of seating allocation. EasyJet passengers now have the option to pay to choose their seats or have them allocated automatically, free of charge.

Earlier in the month, EasyJet saw off a protest vote from founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou at its annual meeting over 2013 pay plans, which saw boss Carolyn McCall paid £6.4m.