Football lovers wanting to see Tottenham Hotspurs clash with Liverpool were facing a fourfold increase to the usual cost of flying to the Spanish capital. Complaints of flights which usually cost around £250 were said to have been coming up at £1,000 for around the time of the highly-anticipated match on June 1. Speaking to the BBC, easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren blamed a “big surge in demand” on the huge hike in price. He said: “When there is a big surge in demand the prices will go up.
“The system did exactly what it is supposed to do.”
Mr Lundgren added: “I can understand if people think that the prices are high on this occasion, because it is higher than the average.
“But there’s no doubt that this was an occasion where the prices went very high because the demand was enormous.”
He added easyJet could fill a plane in six seconds at peak booking times, and Mr Lundgren maintained his airline is still offering lower prices than rivals.
There are currently no easyJet flights available on the day of the match.
The airline is offering a one-way flight from Liverpool to Madrid the day before the game, on 31 March, for £788.
There are no direct easyJet flights coming back to Liverpool the day after the match, 2 June.
A one-way flight to London Gatwick from Madrid with easyJet on 3 June will set you back £513.
In their latest update released earlier today, the budget airline reported a headline loss before tax of £275million for the six months to March 31.
Higher fuel prices and the Gatwick drone incident were blame for the dent, with the Gatwick chaos costing easyJet a direct £10million loss.
Revenue was up 7.3 percent to £2.34 billion, due to capacity growth and favourable foreign exchange rates.
The firm expects profits for the 2019 financial year to be in line with expectations.
Chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “I am pleased that despite tougher trading conditions, we flew more than 41 million customers, up 13 percent on last year, performed well operationally with 54 percent fewer cancellations in the period and customer satisfaction with our crew is at an all-time high.
“We have also continued to make good progress on our strategic initiatives in holidays, loyalty, business and with data.”
Published at Fri, 17 May 2019 14:52:00 +0000