easyJet has reported a first-half pre-tax lack of £701 million because the Covid-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on the aviation sector.
This compares to a revenue of £193 million year-on-year.
Passenger numbers for the six months ending March thirty first slumped by 89 per cent to 4.1 million, whereas whole income sank by 90 per cent to £240 million.
The airline expects to fly simply 15 per cent of 2019 capability ranges within the third quarter of its monetary 12 months.
Nonetheless, the low-cost service forecasts capability ranges will begin to improve from June onwards.
The airline stated the outcomes are in keeping with expectations and it’s “inspired by the reopening of journey throughout a lot of Europe”.
easyJet chief government, Johan Lundgren, stated: “With leisure journey taking off within the UK once more earlier this week the place we’re the biggest operator to inexperienced checklist international locations and with so many European governments easing restrictions to open up journey once more, we’re able to considerably ramp up our flying for the summer season with a view to maximising the alternatives we see in Europe.
“We now have the power to flex up shortly to function 90 per cent of our present fleet over the height summer season interval to match demand.
“We all know there may be pent-up demand – we noticed this once more when inexperienced checklist international locations have been launched and added greater than 105,000 seats – and so we stay up for having the ability to assist many extra individuals to journey this summer season.”