easyJet is yet another airline forced to cut down passenger numbers due to a shortage of staff at airports. In its most recent financial reports released in July, detailing performance up to 30th June 2022, it has been recorded that the company is still making losses. However, as with other companies such as TUI Group, the company is faring better than the same time last year. According to the latest figures, easyJet made a pre-tax loss of 114 million pounds during the third quarter of its financial year.

easyJet continues to operate at a loss
Will easyJet ever return to pre-pandemic figures? © Marco Macca / Travel Radar

easyJet’s Improvement Over Past Year

The performance of the company is an improvement of last year’s loss of 318 million pounds. This means that in comparison to last year, the company has seen an increase of 204 million pounds in its cash flow. In addition to this, passenger revenue has increased from 213 million pounds during last year’s third quarter to 1755 million pounds. This 8 fold increase in revenue indicates that attracting customers and gaining income is not a significant problem.

The increase in revenue is echoed when we look at the improvement in passenger numbers. In the third quarter of 2021 the number of passengers travelling with easyJet was 2,985,000. However, in the third quarter, the number of passengers travelling was 22,001,000. This was a 10 fold increase when compared to last year.

When analysing easyJet’s perfomrance, even if you take an individual month from the third quarter of this year, the total number of passengers travelling with easyJet was more than double the total number who travelled in the whole third quarter of last year. In April for example, which had less travellers than May and June, there were 6,932,000 passengers, more than double the 2,985,000 present in the three months leading up to the end of June. What this shows is that customer demand for easyJet flights has increased significantly in the last year, indicating that the persistent losses may be due to higher expenses.

easyJet is still seeing an increase of passengers despite performing at a loss
easyJet is still seeing an increase of passengers despite performing at a loss © The Guardian

Possible Causes of the Airline’s Performance

Further inspection of the results does indicate that increased expenses may have been the problem. According to the information released, the easyJet loss of 114 million pounds included the 113 million cost of disruption. As one can see, the operational difficulties in dealing with the impact of airport disruption for example, means that despite the increase in revenue and demand, the airline was still unable to make a profit. It does appear however that there was also a 36 million pound loss due to revaluation of foreign exchange held, which indicates that there may have been poor foreign exchange management.

Even with cost reduction the profit still would not be the same as it was pre pandemic. According to data from 2019, easyJet was achieving a pre-tax profit of 427 million pounds. This shows that the airline will need to do a lot more before it recovers fully from the pandemic. This may, for example, mean increasing ticket prices and passenger numbers. At the moment, the company is operating at 87% of year 2019 passenger capacity whereas in 2019 it was operating at 91.5% of passenger capacity. So there is still scope for improvement in this area.

As one can see, easyJet has reported a dramatic increase in revenue. However, this increase in money coming in has not translated to a profit yet. It appears that expenses are high and flight disruption has been attributed to this. However, judging by the fact that 2019 profit was much higher, it does mean that more needs to be done in order to return the company back to its pre Covid performance. We have to wait to see how this progresses.

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