EasyJet closes in on Ryanair with March traffic

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Budget airline EasyJet today said passenger numbers jumped 4.8 per cent last month, despite the later arrival of Easter this year.

The Luton-based carrier flew 5.1 million passengers in March, narrowing the gap behind Rynair, which yesterday said it had suffered a 4 per cent decline in passengers for the month to 5.2 million.

Ryanair blamed the year-on-year drop in passengers on the fact that Easter, which fell in March in 2013, arrives in April this year.

Both airlines enjoyed a 1 percentage point increase in their load factor, but EasyJet’s planes were busier with a load factor of 91.5 per cent, compared with 80 per cent at Ryanair.