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08 July 2016 09:07

easyJet has defied cancellations to post improved figures

easyJet has defied cancellations to post improved figures

Budget airline easyJet has overcome a 75% jump in cancellations to report a better June for passenger numbers than the same time last year.

The Luton-based carrier has announced that it welcomed 6.9 million travellers last month. This figure is 5.8% up on its June 2015 mark.

June's statistics mean that easyJet's rolling 12-month passenger numbers have risen year-on-year by 7.1% to 71.8 million.

Cancellation issues

The airline has not been exempt from the industrial action dogging the industry in recent weeks.

French air traffic control (ATC) employee strikes were behind many of the 852 flights cancelled with easyJet throughout June.

This amount represents a 75% hike on the 487 seen during the same month last year.

But the firm also reports a hike in load factor to 94.1% - an increase of 1.4%.

Protection against strike-hit flights

The latest wave of strikes and flight cancellations underscores the value of trusted travel insurance.

Such cover gives holidaymakers protection should industrial action - or various other reasons - cause their connection to be scrapped.

Travel insurance also safeguards against tourists losing their luggage and travel documents or having their possessions stolen, such as sunglasses, gadgets and clothes.

Knowing the score

easyJet-flying football fans with a passion for Wales were given an additional service on Wednesday night (July 6).

The carrier's staff kept them up to date with the latest score in the Wales against Portugal Euro 2016 semi-final in France.

Hundreds of its flights gave crew "live" updates via Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System messages.

These in turn relayed the latest to air passengers at heights of up to 38,000ft.

They avoided spoiling things for passengers who had recorded the game and wanted to watch it without knowing the result. They did this by issuing special spoiler alerts before giving the latest goal news.