By Jonathan Davies

EasyJet has reported a half-year profit of £7 million.

The airline said cheaper fuel prices, a weak euro and a "strong finish" to the ski season helped it back into profit, following a £53m loss in the same period last year.

Total revenue grew 2.6% compared with last year.

It marks a strong winter for EasyJet - airlines tend to make a loss in the winter and their profits during the busy summer months.

"The profit in the half reflects the delivery of our customer focused revenue initiatives and a strong finish to the ski season as well as the benefit we received from the lower fuel price and favourable foreign exchange movements," said Easyjet chief executive Carolyn McCall.

"As we enter the important summer season forward bookings are in line with last year and as we predicted passengers are benefiting as fares fall to reflect a more competitive operating environment and lower fuel costs."