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EasyJet puts 4,000 spring 2023 flights on sale from Belfast

Budget carrier easyJet has put 4,000 flights on sale from Belfast for next spring

THE north's largest airline easyJet has put more than 4,000 flights on sale for next spring from Belfast International and Belfast City airports.

Flights will be now available from March 1 to May 8 to 124 destinations across easyJet's wider network, including 107 in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from the UK.

Of these, over 4,000 flights to and from Belfast are now on sale from £29.99, with the deals covering the Easter period.

Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK country manager, said: “We remain focused on providing low fares and with seats from Belfast to fantastic beach, ski and city destinations across Europe.

“Our priority is taking our customers away on their long-awaited holidays and this summer, easyJet is looking forward to returning to near 2019 levels of flying.

“We continue to fly up to a quarter of a million customers across our network every day. May half term is set to be the busiest we've been since before the pandemic with over two million customers set to fly with us across Europe, and we look forward to welcoming even more customers on board.”

Meanwhile the budget flight provider also revealed that it had reduced losses over the six months to the end of March.

It said that pre-tax loss hit £557 million over the half-year period, down from £645 million a year earlier.

"EasyJet has reduced its losses year on year, at the better end of guidance," said chief executive Johan Lundgren.

"The pent-up demand and removal of travel restrictions provided for a strong and sustained recovery in trading which has been further boosted as a result of our actions."

The business said that it will put nearly as many seats on sale in the last three months of this financial year as it did in 2019. Capacity on sale will be 97 per cent, it said.

"We have transformed the airline during the pandemic which has enabled us to emerge with renewed strength, underpinned by a product, network and service that customers really value," Mr Lundgren said.

This has included moving planes to different routes in better performing markets.

"Since Easter we have been flying up to a quarter of a million customers and 1,600 flights every day and in the second half leisure and domestic capacity will be above 2019 levels," the chief executive said.

The business has managed to weather the massive spikes in price for jet fuel in recent months.

In the last year the price of a tonne of fuel has almost doubled to $762 dollars (£617), easyJet said.

Yet the cost of the fuel bill that easyJet had to pay for every seat on the planes that took off was actually nearly a fifth lower. The business said it had bought enough fuel ahead of time to withstand the big hikes.

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