The number of airline passengers travelling in premium class increased in June as the global economic recovery gains momentum, the airline industry body IATA has said.
British Airways could be poised to drop its business class on a number of short-haul services in its battle to stem record losses. Chief executive Willie Walsh said that cuts in business travel expenditure have made it unsustainable to fly executives in larger seats on short journeys.
Airlines are beginning to fill vacant business-class seats with the number of passengers traveling in premium seats in July falling 14 percent, better than the 21.3 percent decline in June. The latest statistics from the IATA suggest recovery but as average fares remain weak, there is little immediate celebration.
Breaking Travel News interviews Gerard Clarke, General manager UK & Ireland for Oasis Hong Kong. Gerard talks about the improvement of its business class product and the introduction of a lounge at Gatwick Airport. The interview was conducted at the Business Travel Show, Earls Court, London.