Easyjet plunges deeper into red due in part to more expensive fuel and drone disruption at Gatwick in December

Easyjet has plunged deeper into the red due in part to more expensive fuel and the drone disruption at Gatwick in December.

The price range airline posted a loss earlier than tax of £272m in the six months to March 31, wider than the £68m shortfall in the identical interval of final yr.

Low flying: The budget airline posted a loss before tax of £272m in the six months to March 31

Low flying: The price range airline posted a loss earlier than tax of £272m in the six months to March 31

It partly blamed the chaos that affected its UK hub final yr when a drone was noticed flying close by.

Easyjet stated the incident – which noticed flights suspended for 36 hours and affected hundreds of consumers – price it £10m. Chief government Johan Lundgren warned that airports are nonetheless not ready to guarantee the identical kind of disruption doesn’t occur in future.

The increased oil value pushed Easyjet’s fuel invoice up to £602m, up from £461m in the identical interval final yr.

Total income rose 7.three per cent to £2.three billion, in line with City expectations, because it flew 42m prospects to locations round Europe – four.9m more prospects than in the primary half of 2018. It expects income per seat to be ‘slightly down’ in the second half. 

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