FLIGHTS have soared in cost since pre-pandemic, the easyJet boss has warned.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet's airline’s chief executive has said flights have soared by as much as 36 per cent since last year.

The average flight price has increased from £50.21 to £68.47.

Easter flights are also costing more – rising by 24 per cent compared to pre-pandemic.

The easyJet boss said: "We have seen strong and sustained demand for travel over the first quarter, carrying almost 50 per cent more customers compared with last year.

"Many returned to make bookings during the traditional turn of year sale where we filled five aircraft every minute in the peak hours, which culminated in three record-breaking weekends for sales revenue this month."

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He added that they expect to make a "full year profit".

It's not just easyJet who have said flights are going to increase in price.

Last week, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said holidaymakers won't see fares as low as £9.99 for the next year or two because of high oil prices.

He added: "This year we’ll see high single-digit price increases for the second year in a row, which hasn’t happened in a very long time.

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"That’s largely because the demise of Thomas Cook, Flybe, and IAG and Lufthansa has not put as much capacity back into the market."

Jet2 boss Steve Heapy echoed the warning of more expensive flights last year, adding that environmental taxes will add to this.

And one airline owner previously said flights were too LOW pre-pandemic, which is why they will now go up.

Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr told the Telegraph: "I believe that prices were too low before Covid. €9 or £9 [for a flight] from the UK to Portugal is not healthy for the industry, not healthy for our environment."

If you are still wanting to save some money, here are a few ways you can still find cheaper flights:

Be flexible on dates

Changing the days you fly can make a huge difference.

Returning on a Monday rather than a Sunday can be much cheaper, while flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are often much cheaper than weekend flights.

Be flexible on destinations

Changing your holiday location can also make a huge difference.

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Rather than the popular Spain and Italy breaks, cheaper destinations include Egypt and Turkey.

Sign up for flight deals

Lots of airlines and websites have flash sales or deals on flights, so signing up to these means you can be the first to grab a bargain.


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