Traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, rose by 3.6 per cent versus November 2011, while passenger load factor – a measure of how well it fills its planes – was up 1.9 percentage points at 77.2 per cent, it said yesterday.
IAG said its first and business-class travel – the most profitable part of its passenger business – rose 4.7 per cent, while non-premium traffic was also up 3.4 per cent.
British Airways’ November traffic was up 7.6 per cent compared to a 5.8 per cent fall at Iberia.
IAG has seen worsening economic conditions in Spain hit its performance in recent months, undermining strength in long-haul travel out of London.
Iberia’s ground and cabin crew last month said they would stage a series of strikes in December, disrupting the holiday travel season to protest against massive job cuts.
IAG last month unveiled plans to axe about 4,500 jobs, or a quarter of Iberia’s workforce, and cut capacity in a bid to make it more competitive.