15 SEPTEMBER 2014
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The CAA has published the UK airlines domestic statistics for May. These show easyJet with 592,417 passengers and an 81% load factor comfortably ahead of British Airways with 438,717 and 74.1%, Flybe coming in at 396,452 and 72.9%. www.caa.co.uk/docs
Little Red with routes from to Aberdeen, Edinburgh Manchester flew 63,046 passengers at a 43.8% load factor. Following last week’s BTN “closure" www.btnews.co.uk/article/7859 suggestion it has been ‘business as usual’ whilst the airline made the terminal transfer, very quietly, from T1 to T2. During 2013 Little Red was only in operation from the start of April and carried 432,993 in nine months at a load factor 37.6%. The Edinburgh Festival proved a boon for the airline with flights full. (SEE ON TOUR)
The CAA full year figures for regional services, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, show that easyJet (EZ) carried 6,241,048 passengers with a 77.8% load factor, with Flybe (BE) next at 5,169,264 and 67% and British Airways (BA) in third place at 5,164,085 at 72.4%. The staff figures are EZ 8,300, BE 2,600 and BA 57,000. You cannot compare like for like as BA uses in-house customer service personal at its main gateways and flies both long and short haul, with crew night stops. Not so with EZ and BE. www.caa.co.uk/docs
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