EasyJet boss Carolyn McCall pockets £6.4m

 

Budget airline easyJet saw its chief executive Carolyn McCall pocket a £6.4 million pay package last year.

That was almost double the £3.7 million package the FTSE 100 chief executive took home the previous year, and included a £665,000 salary, £4.5 million in long-term bonuses, a further £1.1 million bonus and £47,000 pension contribution. Finance boss Chris Kennedy took home £3.7 million.

Easyjet’s annual pre-tax profits soared 51 per cent to £478 million for the year to September, and it is planning on sharing its success with investors via a £175 million special dividend.

The report came as the airline said its passenger numbers continued to fly up in November, when 4.25 million bums sat on its planes’ seats. That’s up 3.4 per cent on the same month a year earlier, thanks to soaring demand for flights to Moscow and Reykjavik.

However the carrier admitted its planes were not as full this November compared to last: the load factor was down 0.6 per cent. So far this year, the airline piloted by Carolyn McCall has flown 61.2 million passengers, up from 59 million in the first eleven months of 2012.

Easyjet’s annual pre-tax profits soared 51 per cent to £478 million for the year to September, and it is planning on sharing its success with investors via a £175 million special dividend.

Elsewhere, rival carrier Aer Lingus posted a decline in both long-haul and short-haul passengers for November. Its number of fliers fell 5% to 728,000 during the month, compared to the same time a year earlier.

Short-haul passengers dropped 4.7 per cent to 647,000 in November.

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