Britain's Most Admired... Transport

easyJet soared despite rising fuel costs. Passenger numbers at the end of October were up 14% on last year, helped by European growth and a stronger presence at Gatwick.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

1. easyJet – 63.0
2. Stagecoach – 57.6
3. British Airways – 57.3
4. Go-Ahead Group – 55.6
5. National Express – 55.3

Stagecoach’s impressive year was powered by profits at its South West Trains franchise, and at Virgin Trains, in which it has a 49% stake; new contracts included the East Midlands rail franchise. BA drew colourful headlines – a £350m bill for price-fixing, a crucifix row, and being named Europe’s worst airline for losing luggage. But net debt dropped to £1.3bn (from £6.6bn in 2001), and pre-tax profit for the six months to September was a record £593m. Its pensions struggle looks settled, and it has $8.2bn-worth of new planes on the way.

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Is it favouritism to protect an employee no one likes?

The Dominic Cummings affair shows the dangers of double standards, but it’s also true that...

Masterclass: Communicating in a crisis

In this video, Moneypenny CEO Joanna Swash and Hill+Knowlton Strategies UK CEO Simon Whitehead discuss...

Remote working forever? No thanks

EKM's CEO Antony Chesworth has had no problems working from home, but he has no...

5 rules for work-at-home productivity

And how to focus when focusing feels impossible.

Scandal management lessons from Dominic Cummings

The PR industry offers its take on the PM’s svengali.

Why emails cause conflict

And what you can do about it.