60 million and counting as Easyjet breaks its annual passenger record

Easyjet, a low-budget airline based in Luton, UK, has announced that it has achieved a record-breaking annual passenger throughput.

The airline carried 60 million passengers in the year ending May 31, 2013, its largest ever annual figure.

To mark the milestone, over one hundred of the company’s employees came together to form a large ’60’ outside the airline’s Hangar 89 headquarters in Luton.

Carolyn McCall, Easyjet’s chief executive, said, ‘We are proud to be celebrating this landmark achievement of flying over 60 million 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.’

Since it commenced operations in November 1995, Easyjet has achieved year-on-year growth, and it reached the milestone of 10 million passengers carried in a year as early as July 2001, having taken just six years to do so from the company’s launch. In terms of the number of passengers carried, Easyjet is the second largest budget airline in Europe, after Ryanair.

With its subsidiary, Easyjet Switzerland, the company now operates over 200 aircraft and has more than 20 European bases, with London’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, being its largest.

Easyjet’s fleet of aircraft mainly comprises Airbus A319-100’s and Airbus A320-200’s.

Full details of the company’s routes, availability and pricing can be obtained from www.easyjet.com.