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Full planes boost Easyjet figures
Easyjet plane
Easyjet is benefiting from increased passenger numbers
Budget airline Easyjet has restated its forecast that its rising passenger capacity will deliver pre-tax profit growth of 40-50% in the current year.

In a trading statement, the Luton Airport-based carrier said it carried nearly 3.2 million passengers in July, 11.3% up on the same month of 2005.

Its load factor - which measures how well Easyjet fills its planes - was 90.4%, up from 88.4% in July 2005.

Easyjet said it had started flying 19 new routes over the last three months.

Its total revenue per seat for the three months to the end of June rose 17% to 45, from 38.50 during the same period in 2005.

"We now expect full year capacity growth to be in the region of 13% and expect unit revenue and unit costs to be slightly higher than our previous guidance," the company said in its statement.

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