Iberia achieved an increase of 7.6% in traffic and Air Lingus of 11.6%.
The Diplomat. 05/01/2018
International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus, transported 104,829,000 passengers during 2017, which means an increase of 4.1 per cent compared to last year, in which it reached 100,675,000 travellers. Iberia and Air Lingus were those airlines contributing the most to growth.
According to information provided to the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV in its Spanish acronym), the holding, which included its new low-cost subsidiary for long-haul routes, LEVEL, increased its demand by 3.8% from January to December, after increasing its offer by 2.6%, with an occupancy factor of 82.6%, a percentage point lower than the previous year.
Iberia achieved an increase of 7.6% in traffic and Air Lingus of 11.6%. Vueling with an increase in traffic of 3.8% and British Airways with 1.5%, were those contributing the least to the growth of the group as regards percentage.
The group transported 104.8 million travellers during last year
By markets, in the domestic one (the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Italy), traffic amounted to 24,363,000 passengers, a number 7.3% higher than that of 2016. Occupancy was of 83.2%, so it increased 1.9 percentage points.
In the rest of the European continent, the British-Iberia alliance transported 56,236,000 people, 3.1% more. Planes travelled at 82% of their capacity (+2.1 points).
In Latin America (where Iberia is one of the companies leading connections from Europe), traffic increased by 2%, up to 4,854,000 passengers. Occupancy increased by 84% (nine tens). Finally, in Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia, they transported 5,854,000 passengers, 6% more, and in Asia and the Pacific, 2,257,000, 27% more.
In North America, a priority market for British and Aer Lingus, the companies of IAG registered 11,265,000 clients, 3% more. Occupancy fell by 82.3% (-0.7 points).