Easyjet has confirmed it carried 12 million business travellers for the year ending March 2014, with one in five of its passengers now using the airline for business.
Easyjet said enhancements such as allocated seating, inclusive fares and fast track security have helped it increase business traveller numbers by 44 per cent compared to 2010.
The airline also cites its GDS partnerships and deals with TMCs as a reason for the jump in business passengers.
The news comes as the airline posted its financial results with a pre-tax loss of £53 million for the six months to 31 March, against a £61 million loss a year earlier.
Easyjet CEO Carolyn McCall said the increase in business travellers could be seen as an encouraging sign of the increasing confidence in the European economy.
“The increase shows we are delivering on the strategy we launched in 2010 to increase our appeal to the business travel sector.
“Recession and austerity has also encouraged business passengers across Europe to sample Easyjet. 95 per cent of passengers travelling on business say they will fly with us again which shows that this focus by businesses on value is here to stay.”
Earlier this year Easyjet was awarded Best Short-Haul airline at the Business Travel Awards.