Spanish strikes dent IAG traffic

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BRITISH Airways parent IAG yesterday blamed strike action in Spain for a 2.4 per cent fall in group traffic in February.

The firm, which is struggling to turn around Madrid-based sister carrier Iberia, said traffic at the Spanish airline was down 20.6 per cent as disgruntled staff conducted a series of strikes.

British Airways delivered 5.3 per cent growth on a revenue passenger kilometres basis.

Budget airline Ryanair said its February traffic dropped six per cent on a year ago to 4.2m, due to its decision to ground up to 80 planes over the winter and the loss of the leap year this year.

Ryanair’s load factor rose a percentage point to 77 per cent.