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BA premium traffic continues slide

May passenger capacity for British Airways, measured in Available Seat Kilometres, was 5.3 percent below May 2008.  Traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, fell by 6.5 per cent.

This resulted in a passenger load factor decrease of 1.0 percent versus last year, to 75.1 percent.  Traffic comprised a 17.2 percent decrease in premium traffic and a 4.2 percent fall in non-premium traffic.

The fall in capacity for the month is consistent with the 2.5 per cent average reduction for the summer announced on May 22, with the reductions weighted towards the months before and after the summer peak.

Cargo, measured in Cargo Tonne Kilometres, fell by 9.5 per cent.

The airline is providing complimentary black cabs and executive cars for premium customers travelling to and from Heathrow Terminal 5 from within a 100-mile radius of the airport.


British Airways’ luxurious new lounge for premium passengers opened at Heathrow Terminal 3. The 300-seat Galleries Club Lounge is for eligible customers travelling to Barcelona, Helsinki, Lisbon, Madrid and Vienna.

British Airways is launching flights this winter from Heathrow to Las Vegas and Gatwick to the Maldives, Montego Bay, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Sharm El Sheikh. Flights from Gatwick to New York JFK will be suspended.