easyJet plans to offer more flights to Europe from now until the end of 2021.
The British airline has suffered a loss of over a billion pounds due to the coronavirus pandemic. easyJet announced the plans and pointed out that it strived to reach 70% of its flights compared to pre-pandemic levels during the fourth quarter of 2021.
According to easyJet, destinations like the Canary Islands, Egypt, and Turkey were in high demand. The airline’s chief executive Johan Lundgren highlighted that the capacity would continue to increase in the course of next year.
Lundgren said, “It is clear recovery is underway.”
The airline has suffered between 1.135 billion pounds ($ 1.54 billion) and a total of 1.175 billion pounds for the 12 months to the end of September as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Still, Lundgren highlighted that “while M&A was something that all chief executives look at, easyJet was focused on organic growth.”
As reported by Reuters, Lundgren said, “On a standalone basis, we have been very confident about where we are.”
easyJet operates in almost 156 airports across 33 European countries, lots of them in Europe, and has also communicated that it wants to benefit from strategic investment and growth opportunities.
Because several countries have begun to lift entry restrictions introduced to stop the spread of coronavirus, it’s little surprise that the number of passengers increased in September. Wizz Air Holdings PLC and Ryanair Holdings PLC also registered an increase in passenger numbers last month.
The report reads that the airline flew a total of 10.6 million passengers during October. The data shows that the numbers more than doubled compared with the same period in 2020 – a time when air traffic was at 5.2 million. Despite the ongoing pandemic, some airlines have managed to continue to operate successfully.
A statement published by Statista read, “The Covid-19 pandemic impacted the aviation industry hard, erasing two decades of global passenger traffic growth in only a couple of months. Although financial support for the entire industry has been provided, airlines are on the brink of bankruptcy, while some have already ceased operations.”
According to Statista, the airlines below registered a considerable increase in passenger numbers during the last month, too: