4 February 2011

International Airlines Group (IAG), the newly formed parent of British Airways and Iberia, has reported that traffic was up by 6.1% in January 2011 after last year’s heavy snowfalls were not repeated. Demand in premium cabin seats increased by 7.4%, with travel in economy up 4% versus pro forma figures for January 2010, IAG said in its first traffic statement since the BA-Iberia merger. However, the airline’s capacity was up by 9.5%, meaning its load factor fell 2.3% to 73.7%.

While November and December saw snowfalls, January was relatively clear, which saw BA traffic up 6.4%. At Iberia, traffic was up by 5.6%.