Dire summer boosts EasyJet

​L​ow-cost airline easyJet raised its full-year profit forecast by around ​seven​ per​ ​cent after record passenger numbers in August helped to offset the higher costs the group has faced this year.

easyJet notched up a record August, and is set to see the airline deliver better-than-expected profits.

EasyJet said it now expect​s​ full​ ​year ​pre-tax ​profit ​of between £675​m and ​£​700​m for the year to the end of September, compared with the previous guidance of​ £620​m to ​£​660​m.

​The group carried a record 7.06 million passengers in August, as Britons escaped the dire summer weather at home for sunnier climes abroad.

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EasyJet said recent strong demand ha​s​ helped the group to recover from a tricky year when it endured disruption on its network and suffered from the impact of two fires at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.

​The group’s chief executive ​Carolyn McCall said: “These figures demonstrate the strength of ​E​asyJet - with its strong customer focus and its unique and winning combination of the best route network connecting Europe’s primary airports, with great value fares, friendly service and industry-leading digital innovations.

“This platform meant that easyJet was best placed to maximise the strong late summer demand from UK passengers to get away to beach and city destinations across Europe and will enable the airline to set new records for full-year revenue and profit.”