easyJet traffic boosted by over 16%

easyJet said the number of passengers it carried in April rose 16.8 pct to 2,848,065 against the previous year. The UK-based carrier also said it carried 14 pct more passengers in the year to April 2006 than in the previous 12 months, with numbers rising to 31,331,115 from 27,487,296 beforehand.

It said its load factor - the number of seats actually occupied on its aircraft - last month rose by 1.2 percentage points to 86.4 pct compared with the same month last year.

However, on a rolling 12-month basis, the load factor declined by 0.7 percentage points to 84.2 pct.

EasyJet said unaudited total revenues on a rolling 12-month basis lifted by 20.8 pct to 1.468 bln stg from 1.216 bln stg previously.