British Airways sees profitable first half despite cabin crew strike

Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017

british AirwaysIAG, the British Airway’s  parent company reported strong half-year figures on the 57th day of industrial action by some British Airways cabin crew.

 

The group also includes Aer Lingus, Iberia, Vueling and Level — the new low-cost, long-haul venture which began flying in June from Barcelona to Los Angeles, Oakland, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

 

The airline reported about 4.6 per cent increase in passenger numbers and has also seen an improvement from 80 – 81 per cent.

 

In a statement, IAG said that their largest markets North America and Europe also performed well and British Airways saw strength in its corporate bookings. British Airways was by far the biggest contributor to profitability, accounting for €741m (£663m). That represents more than £30 per passenger carried between January and June.

 

Mixed Fleet cabin crew dispute has now become a long and bitter issue in the aviation industry. Unite’s national officer Oliver Richardson said: “It’s time British Airways started talking about resolving this dispute which will further tarnish its brand.”

 

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways, said Level was performing “well ahead of our expectations”.

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