More than 10 million passengers travelled via International Airlines Group (IAG) carriers in October with Iberia and Aer Lingus leading the monthly growth.
This was 7.9 per cent more passengers that travelled across IAG in the same month last year. In the first 10 months of the year passenger numbers were up 7.7 per cent to 96.2 million.
Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) were up 6.6 per cent to 23.8 million in October and up 6.9 per cent so far this year. Available seat kilometres (ASKs) or capacity, were up 6.7 per cent to 28.5 million. From January to October ASKs were up 5.7 per cent to 272.9 million.
The passenger load factor for IAG’s airlines was down 0.1 percentage points to 83.3 per cent in October and was up one percentage point in the first 10 months of this year to 83.9 per cent.
In terms of individual airlines within IAG, Aer Lingus grew RPKs 9.4 per cent in October to 2.1 million, ASKs 10.2 per cent to 2.6 million and the load factor was down 0.6 percentage points to 80.7 per cent.
British Airways RPKs were up 2.3 per cent to 13.1 million in October, ASKs were up 1.7 per cent to 15.8 million and the load factor was up 0.6 percentage points to 83 per cent.
In October, Iberia (including LEVEL) grew RPKs the strongest at 10.1 per cent, ASKs by 10.6 per cent and the load factor was 84.2 per cent, down 0.6 percentage points.
Low-cost carrier Vueling saw a 9.5 per cent rise in RPKs to 9.5 per cent, while ASKs were up 10.3 per cent and the load factor was down 0.6 percentage points to 84.2 per cent.
IAG’s overall performance comprises of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia (including Iberia Express), LEVEL and Vueling.