EasyJet passenger numbers continue to rise

 
Guy Bentley
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Budget airline EasyJet has announced a rise in passenger numbers of 4.8 per cent to 5.1m for March 2014.

The FTSE 100 company enjoyed growth of 3.5 per cent to over 61m passengers for the 12 months ended March.

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.

The company is expecting a rapid rise in passenger numbers after securing more space at Luton airport, as part of a 10-year deal. EasyJet said it expects to carry 20 per cent more passengers next year.

The figures come just over a week after EasyJet announced it was slashing its expectations for a pre-tax loss in the six months to 31 March from between £70m and £90m to between £55m and £65m.