EasyJet slumps to a loss as Covid hits demand

EasyJet slumps to a loss as Covid hits demand

EasyJet has reported its first annual loss in its 25-year history as the coronavirus crisis continues to bite deeply into the airline industry.

The airline posted a loss of £1.27bn for the year to 30 September as revenues more than halved.

EasyJet added that it expected to fly at just 20% of normal capacity into next year.

The airline sector has suffered deeply amid the pandemic with a slump in the number of people travelling.

However, EasyJet welcomed the possibility of a Covid-19 vaccine being rolled out, and said underlying demand was strong for air travel.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme said that the recent developments on Covid vaccines “certainly is good news, because we know that is going to be a very critical part of the recovery”.

“But I don’t think it’s only about the vaccine, I think it’s also about the fact that we need to have testing in place, we need to have also refined development of the quarantine system,” he added.

“We know that people want to travel. On the news of the vaccine last Monday, bookings were up close to 50%, so it just gives evidence to the fact that any good news gives more confidence to people making bookings going forward.”

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