EasyJet carried 39 percent more passengers in March than a year earlier...
EasyJet carried 39 percent more passengers in March than a year earlier, and Go's passenger count jumped by 82 percent, as Europe's low fare carriers added routes and travelers defected from their larger and more expensive rivals.
EasyJet served 839,472 passengers last month and its load factor, or the proportion of seats filled, rose 3.3 percentage points to 85.9 percent, it said in a Regulatory News Service statement. Go carried 428,999 people, while seat occupancy rose by 8.9 points to 78.4 percent, it said in an e-mailed statement.
Both airlines have expanded their route networks and were spared a decline in demand that has hurt national carriers since the September 11th hijackings. More business passengers are also flying with no frills operators to cut costs amid an economic slowdown.
?This just shows once again that the outlook for economy airlines is extremely good,? said Howard Wheeldon, an aerospace analyst at Prudential Securities.