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.