British Airways posts -1.2% fall in passenger numbers for July despite Asia softness; notes improving conditions – 06/08/09

UK. British Airways posted a -1.2% year-on-year fall in passenger numbers for July to 3,210,000.

Asia Pacific routes, impacted by the H1N1 flu virus, were the worst performer, down -11.4% to 151,000 in July and falling -14.1% in the three months to July. Africa/Middle East (+8.1%) and the Americas (+2.9%) both posted gains in July but UK and European traffic eased by -3.1%.

Passenger capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres, was -2.7% below July 2008.

Traffic comprised an -11.0% decrease in premium traffic and a +3.5% increase in non-premium traffic.

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British Airways said that underlying volumes and seat factors stabilised during the first quarter and are expected to improve in the peak summer months.

In related news, the airline is moving its flights to Sydney, Singapore and Bangkok from London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 on October 29 with Qantas moving into Terminal 3 on the same day.


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