BA passenger capacity falls

BA passenger capacity falls

British Airways has posted a 2.6% fall year-on-year in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK) for the month of July. Passenger capacity has also dropped 1.9% for the airline, which resulted in a passenger load factor of 84% (down 0.6%). The airline carried a total of 10,211 travellers between April and July this year, 13.2% down from the same period in 2009. BA has said a number of factors have caused this. “We’ve seen different factors with the volcanic ash and cabin crew strikes, which could have affected forward bookings,” a BA spokesperson told Travel Daily. Despite the low figures, sales for the summer have improved as the airline reported a small drop in passenger numbers for July (-0.4%). This may be boosted by the airline’s future merger with Iberia and its transatlantic agreement with the Spanish carrier and American Airlines. BA also revealed its recovery plans for pension schemes had been approved and annual increases would average 3%. This news has not changed the row with Unite, although the airline met with the union earlier this week. “There is no ballot now or for the dates going forward,” explained a spokesperson. “There have been talks with Acas and these will continue next week.”

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