BApassenger numbers fall

BRITISH Airways yesterday posted a slight decline in passenger traffic numbers during the month of August, despite last month saying it expected volumes to improve over the summer after a July spike.<br /><br />The airline carried 0.7 per cent fewer passengers in August than in the same month a year ago, while premium passenger numbers took the hardest tumble, down 11.9 per cent on last year.<br /><br />Its load factor &ndash; a measure of how full its planes are &ndash; increased slightly to 84.7 per cent due to a cut in the number of flights.