BA counts cost of strike action and volcano

British Airways’ losses have widened after the carrier was hit by cabin crew strikes and the volcanic ash cloud.

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The airline made a pre-tax loss of £164m in the three months to 30 June, down on the £148m loss made in the same period last year.

BA put the costs of grounded flights following the Icelandic eruption and the long-running dispute with the Unite union at £250m.

Revenue also declined 2.3% to £1.93bn.

Despite announcing the carrier’s eighth consecutive quarterly loss, chief executive Willie Walsh says the company’s fortunes are on the up.

“While some economic experts are flagging the risk of a “double dip” recession, the steady recovery continues and, on that basis, we continue to target to break even at a profit before tax level for the full year,” he says.

The company reported yields – the revenue made on each passenger for every mile travelled – rose 12.7%, helped by an upturn in business travel.

BA is hoping its merger with Spain’s Iberia, unconditionally cleared by the European Commission earlier this month, will help boost revenue.

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