EasyJet is appealing to wealthier clientele

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BUDGET airline easyJet carried over 60 million passengers in 2013 as new initiatives such as allocated seating and flexible tickets attracted a wealthier customer base.

A total of 61.33 million passengers travelled with the carrier last year, a 3.6 per cent rise on 2012.

The figure was boosted by a jump in passengers in December when the carrier flew 4.49 million passengers, up 3.5 per cent on December 2012.

EasyJet, which flies from Leeds Bradford airport to Geneva during the ski season, said its planes were 89.3 per cent full last year, a slight rise on the 88.9 per cent figure achieved in 2012.

Number two player easyJet is growing faster than discount market leader Ryanair, which reported 2.3 per cent growth in 2013 passenger numbers to 81.4 million.

Under chief executive Carolyn McCall, easyJet has increased the number of flights on core routes and the introduction of seating plans and flexible flights have appealed to business customers.

EasyJet’s New Year flight sale is offering up to 20 per cent off 250,000 seats for travel from the UK between February 1 and July 9.

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