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Ash and snow take a bite out of easyJet, but still profitable


Mother nature is going to cost easyJet as much as GBP100 million this year, but the UK-based LCC does not expect that to prevent it from posting a healthy profit. Winter snow disruptions in 2009 and 2010 resulted in losses of approximately GBP25 million. The recent ash-related airspace shut downs are expected to cost another GBP50-75 million. [2250 words]

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  • First half loss, but positive EBITDAR
  • Substantial cost reductions
  • Unit revenue climbing
  • Passenger numbers up 10.6% and unit revenue up 5.1%
  • Ancillary revenue increasing its contribution: 20.9% of total
  • Shifting to the mainland: 7.6% market share, up from 6.5%
  • Solid capacity expansion, 15 new aircraft, 7 retired in the past six months
  • Slowing fleet growth and volcanic disruption
  • Cost increases only partly offset by the lower GBP
  • Outlook healthy but challenging
  • And Andy Harrison issues his last report, with new leader in the wings

Graphs and data:

  • easyjet first half results (GBP, millions): 2007-2010
  • easyJet passenger & revenue growth: 2004-1HFY2010
  • easyJet passenger traffic monthly breakdown: Oct-2008 to Apr 2010
  • easyJet unit revenue: FY2005 to 1HFY2010
  • easyJet ancillary revenue as a % of total revenue
  • easyJet route launches and plans: 2010
  • easyJet fleet
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