August passenger traffic falls for IAG

August passenger traffic falls for IAG

Fewer passengers travelled with International Airlines Group (IAG) airlines British Airways and Iberia this August compared to the same month last year. The group’s latest traffic figures show a 3.6% drop in passengers carried to 4.8 million, although overall the airlines have carried 3.4% more passengers in the year to date (34m). IAG’s August traffic showed a 22.5% drop in passengers carried on flights between the UK and Spain, while its long-haul routes to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific and North America improved 9.8%, 6.2% and 5.5% respectively. Flights to Africa and the Middle East continued to be affected by the unrest, with passenger numbers down 9.6% on these routes. The airlines’ load factor remained flat at 84%, with British Airways posting an increase in revPAR (+5%) and available seat km (+4.2%) compared to Iberia’s drop in both (3.8% and 2.4% respectively). Premium bookings have continued to improve across the group, up 8.7%, while economy sales were up 1.4%. “At this stage underlying trends are in line with our expectations, with continued growth in premium versus non-premium volumes,” IAG said in its traffic statement.

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