EasyJet results could hint at Brexit effect on air travel

Easyjet has indicated that it could move its headquarters to Europe.
Easyjet has indicated that it could move its headquarters to Europe.

EasyJet is expected to give clues this week about the impact on consumer demand for cheap air travel following Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

The budget airline, which will report its third quarter results on Thursday, was forced to issue a profit warning in the days after the referendum, and then signalled that it could move its headquarters to Europe.

City analysts believe that full year profits could take a £50 million hit from a combination of slowing demand following the Brexit vote, currency and fuel price swings and disruption suffered in May and June.

Wyn Ellis, analyst at Numis, said: “Roughly four weeks on it will be interesting to see what impact Brexit has actually had on bookings at a vital time of the year and whether there is any further change to guidance.”

Numis has downgraded its full year profit forecast from £716m to £612m. A consensus of City analysts puts the number lower still at £592m.

Shares in easyJet have also been hammered since June 24, falling 25%.

Earlier this month, the firm said it was drawing up plans to potentially move its legal headquarters out of the UK and into Europe.

EasyJet said it will lobby British and EU governments to retain the status quo in the aviation market, which allows operators to fly across the continent in a deregulated environment.