International Airlines Group (IAG) carriers flew 10.6 million passengers last month – up 8.9 per cent on June last year.
Across IAG’s airlines British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia (including Iberia Express and Level) and Vueling – North America was the strongest growing market at 10.5 per cent, followed by Latin America & Caribbean at 9.7 per cent and Europe at 9.6 per cent.
Overall capacity across the group for the month of June grew by 5.4 per cent and the passenger load factor was up 3.1 percentage points to 87.4 per cent.
In the first five months of the year, IAG’s airlines welcomed 52.7 million passengers, up eight per cent on the same period last year, capacity grew five per cent and the load factor is up 1.5 percentage points to 82.4 per cent.
So far this year load factors across the group are up compared to the same period last year, Aer Lingus by 0.3 percentage points to 79.1 per cent, British Airways by one percentage points to 81.3 per cent, Iberia by 2.8 percentage points to 85.6 per cent and Vueling by 1.6 percentage points to 84.3 per cent.
On 28 June, IAG launched its new short-haul low-cost Austrian subsidiary, branded as Level, with flights from Vienna starting on July 17, 2018.
The new subsidiary will have an Austrian Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will base four Airbus A321 aircraft in Vienna from where it will fly to 14 European destinations.