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 31st slumped by 89 per cent to 4.1 million, whereas complete 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 yr.
Nonetheless, the low-cost service forecasts capability ranges will begin to improve from June onwards.
The airline mentioned the outcomes are consistent with expectations and it’s “inspired by the reopening of journey throughout a lot of Europe”.
easyJet chief govt, Johan Lundgren, mentioned: “With leisure journey taking off within the UK once more earlier this week the place we’re the biggest operator to inexperienced listing nations 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 have now the power to flex up rapidly 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 listing nations have been launched and added greater than 105,000 seats – and so we look ahead to with the ability to assist many extra folks to journey this summer season.”