easyJet has reported a loss before tax of £272 million for the first half of financial 2019, compared to a loss of £68 million for the same period last year. The low-cost carrier said the fall into the red reflected the negative impact of Brexit on the value of the pound and the closure of Gatwick airport following a drone incident.
Nantes is a strategic choice for easyJet seventh base in France as it is both an attractive leisure and business destination with growing inbound and outbound demand.
easyJet has launched its first flight from London Stansted to Paris Charles de Gaulle, which will operate throughout the summer. It is hoped the new route will carry over 31,000 passengers this summer.
Low-cost carrier easyJet has said it is “cautious” about the second half of 2019, with unsolved questions over Brexit weighing on the travelling public. The carrier had already said it expects to make a first half headline loss before tax of around £275 million, driven largely by an increase in capacity and rising fuel prices.
easyJet has said it continues to “stand ready” to activate its contingency plan should Britain leave the European Union without a deal in the next few weeks.
The UK-based low-cost carrier has been in talks with Delta Air Lines and Italian railway company Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane about a possible deal to take-over the stricken carrier.
In his new role he is tasked with driving the strategic direction and commercial success of easyJet in the UK, which incorporates over 160 aircraft, 18 airports and 11 bases.
Delta Air Lines and easyJet have confirmed they are in talks over the future of Alitalia. The American carrier and UK-based low-cost airline confirmed they have linked with Italy’s state-backed railway company Ferrovie dello Stato to examine a bid for the flag-carrier.
Commenting on the first quarter results, Johan Lundgren, easyJet chief executive, said: “easyJet has made a good start to the 2019 financial year with robust customer demand and ancillary sales, driving solid revenue generation.”
Hundreds of people at London Luton Airport were treated to a spectacular festive surprise, as they witnessed the world’s first Christmas light show to feature a 120ft aircraft. easyJet provided an A320 Airbus to airport ground staff who created the spectacular festive experience by wrapping the aircraft with Christmas lights.
Airbus has reached an agreement with easyJet that extends the airline’s fleet plans into 2023, exercising purchase rights to firm orders for 17 A320neo.
The European carrier reported headline profit before tax of £578 million for the year, up £170 million or 41.4 per cent on 2017.