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Easyjet raises its profit outlook
Easyjet plane taking off
Services are back on schedule after August's disruption
Easyjet has said its annual profits will be "slightly ahead" of forecasts thanks to strong passenger growth.

The low-cost carrier had previously predicted pre-tax profit growth in the year to 30 September of 40% to 50%.

Passenger numbers for the year to 30 September were up 11.5% to 32.9 million, while September itself saw 9.8% more customers than a year ago.

Its September load factor - measuring how full its planes were - was 86.5%, up from 86.4% a year earlier.

Last month, Easyjet said that the disruption caused by August's terror alert had cost it about 4m after it was forced to cancel 469 flights.

UK airlines had to deal with tougher security measures after police said on 10 August they had uncovered a plot to blow up aeroplanes flying from the UK.

That led to delays, extra costs for the airline and compensation claims.


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