BRITISH Airways has announced that in February cargo, measured in cargo tonne kilometres, decreased by 20.7 per cent compared to the same month the previous year. Passenger capacity, measured in available seat kilometres, was 9.0 per cent below the same period last year.
Traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, fell by 8.3 per cent. This resulted in a passenger load factor increase of 0.5 points versus last year, to 72.0 per cent. Traffic comprised a 20.2 per cent decrease in premium traffic and a 5.5 per cent fall in non-premium traffic year on year, a statement from the airline said.
"The results are impacted by February this year having one less trading day, worth 3.5 per cent, and a significant number of cancellations in the first week of the month due to heavy snowfall in the Southeast of England. A reduced flying programme was necessary due to airport closures, runway restrictions and enforced diversions," the release said.
Looking ahead, the carrier said, "Market conditions remain challenging but broadly in line with previous expectations."
BA sees cargo tonnage fall 20.7pc in February