EasyJet has warned it faces losses of greater than £800m this yr and that it expects to fly at simply 25% of regular capability into subsequent yr.
Although the airline stated in a buying and selling replace it had taken powerful motion to chop prices, the warning underlines the persevering with challenges for the business.
Sky News has reported that EasyJet has signalled to the federal government that it could want extra monetary assist.
There was no reference about needing state help in the trading statement.
However, chief government Johan Lundgren stated: “Aviation continues to face essentially the most extreme menace in its historical past and the UK authorities urgently must step up with a bespoke package deal of measures to make sure airways are capable of assist financial restoration when it comes.”
The airline stated it anticipated to sink right into a pre-tax lack of between £815m and £845m within the present monetary yr, which is worse than analysts’ forecasts of a £794m loss. It could be the primary time in EasyJet’s 25-year historical past it has not made an annual revenue.
The service has already taken a £600m mortgage from the federal government, lower 4,500 jobs, raised £608m from promoting plane and tapped shareholders for £419m.
EasyJet’s assertion stated it could “proceed to overview its liquidity place frequently and can proceed to evaluate additional funding alternatives, together with sale and lease backs, ought to the necessity come up”.
The airline will formally report its annual outcomes on 17 November.