Friday, 7 June 2013 8:39 AM
easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has announced today that it has reached the milestone of more than 60m passengers who have travelled with the airline in the past 12 months to 31 May 2013.
When easyJet was founded in November 1995 the airline first took to the skies with just two planes, flying between two domestic UK destinations. Eighteen years on, the airline now operates 212 aircraft flying to 137 airports in 33 countries spanning Europe and North Africa.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet’s CEO said:"We are proud to be celebrating this landmark achievement of flying over 60m passengers across our network for the first time in one year. “It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of everybody at easyJet. Our success lies in the fact that we provide low fares and friendly service on modern, punctual aircraft across a network that offers a choice of over 600 routes."
More than one hundred of easyJet’s 800 Luton based staff gathered outside the airline’s Hangar 89 head office at London Luton Airport to mark the 60 million milestone and to celebrate the airline’s continued success and popularity.
The growth of the airline has been exponential reaching 10 million passengers carried for the first time in one year in July 2001- just six years after easyJet’s inaugural flight.
easyJet has since continued to report an increase in passenger numbers year on year reaching 20 million for the first time in August 2003 rising to 30 million by November 2005 and then doubling again to its May 2013 level of over 60 million, for the first time.
Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva and Malaga are firm favourites with just under seven million passengers flying in and out of these destinations alone. Spain remains popular for Brits with over 8.5 million seats available on easyJet flights.