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IAG Traffic & Capacity Statistics - December 2016
  • Group traffic in December, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, increased by 3.9 per cent versus December 2015; Group capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres rose by 3.1 per cent.
  • Group premium traffic for the month of December increased by 8.4 per cent compared to the previous year.
  • The Group's airlines carried more than 100 million passengers during 2016. The total number of passengers was 100,675,056.

9 January 2017

 

STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS

On 22 December, IAG announced that it plans to set up a next generation longhaul operation in Barcelona from June 2017 using two A330 aircraft. Destinations being considered include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Havana and Tokyo. Options for the new operation include setting up a new airline or consider using existing resources from IAG's airlines. No final decision has yet been made.

Iberia and its subsidiary Iberia Express were the world's most punctual airlines in 2016 according to the latest ranking published by FlightStats. Iberia topped the ranking for major global airlines with 89.64 per cent of flights on time while Iberia Express achieved 96.34 per cent punctuality, the highest score among low cost carriers. Iberia's improvement in operational performance has been a key aspect of its restructuring.

 

This announcement contains inside information and is disclosed in accordance with the company's obligations under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.
Enrique Dupuy, Chief Financial Officer, (responsible for arranging the release of this announcement).

Forward-looking statements:

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It is not reasonably possible to itemise all of the many factors and specific events that could cause the forward-looking statements in this report to be incorrect or that could otherwise have a material adverse effect on the future operations or results of an airline operating in the global economy. Further information on the primary risks of the business and the risk management process of the Group is given in the Annual Report and Accounts 2015; these documents are available on www.iagshares.com.


Group Performance1

 

Month of December

 

Year to Date

 

2016

2015

Change

 

 

2016

20154

Change

Pro-forma2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passengers Carried ('000s)

7,065

6,735

4.9%

 

 

100,675

88,333

14.0%

6.3%

Domestic3

1,608

1,603

0.3%

 

 

22,718

21,390

6.2%

4.9%

Europe

3,583

3,304

8.4%

 

 

54,567

44,987

21.3%

8.7%

North America

836

796

5.0%

 

 

10,933

9,730

12.4%

2.8%

Latin America & Caribbean

386

403

-4.2%

 

 

4,738

4,668

1.5%

 

Africa, Middle East & S,Asia

480

471

1.9%

 

 

5,522

5,558

-0.6%

 

Asia Pacific

172

158

8.9%

 

 

2,197

2,000

9.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Passenger Km (m)

18,241

17,553

3.9%

 

 

243,474

221,996

9.7%

4.5%

Domestic

1,142

1,108

3.1%

 

 

15,761

14,413

9.4%

8.3%

Europe

3,955

3,652

8.3%

 

 

64,040

53,104

20.6%

8.8%

North America

5,453

5,203

4.8%

 

 

72,161

64,966

11.1%

3.2%

Latin America & Caribbean

3,220

3,342

-3.7%

 

 

39,673

39,260

1.1%

 

Africa, Middle East & S,Asia

2,729

2,665

2.4%

 

 

29,922

30,396

-1.6%

 

Asia Pacific

1,742

1,583

10.0%

 

 

21,917

19,857

10.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available Seat Km (m)

23,030

22,328

3.1%

 

 

298,431

272,702

9.4%

4.3%

Domestic

1,420

1,435

-1.0%

 

 

19,397

18,437

5.2%

4.0%

Europe

5,189

5,008

3.6%

 

 

80,101

67,169

19.3%

7.6%

North America

6,840

6,395

7.0%

 

 

86,992

77,315

12.5%

4.6%

Latin America & Caribbean

3,949

4,119

-4.1%

 

 

47,747

47,251

1.0%

 

Africa, Middle East & S,Asia

3,473

3,350

3.7%

 

 

37,615

38,659

-2.7%

 

Asia Pacific

2,159

2,021

6.8%

 

 

26,579

23,871

11.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passenger Load Factor (%)

79.2

78.6

+0.6 pts

 

 

81.6

81.4

+0.2 pts

+0.2 pts

Domestic

80.4

77.2

+3.2 pts

 

 

81.3

78.2

+3.1 pts

+3.2 pts

Europe

76.2

72.9

+3.3 pts

 

 

79.9

79.1

+0.8 pts

+0.8 pts

North America

79.7

81.4

-1.7 pts

 

 

83.0

84.0

-1.0 pts

-1.1 pts

Latin America & Caribbean

81.5

81.1

+0.4 pts

 

 

83.1

83.1

+0.0 pts

 

Africa, Middle East & S,Asia

78.6

79.6

-1.0 pts

 

 

79.5

78.6

+0.9 pts

 

Asia Pacific

80.7

78.3

+2.4 pts

 

 

82.5

83.2

-0.7 pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cargo Tonne Km (m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cargo CTK

480

464

3.4%

 

 

5,454

5,293

3.0%

1.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance by Airline

Month of December

 

Year to Date

 

Vueling

 

2016

 

2015

 

Change

 

 

 

2016

 

20154

 

Change

Pro-forma2

Revenue Passenger Km (m)

1,686

1,490

13.2%

 

 

28,046

24,775

13.2%

 

Available Seat Km (m)

2,147

1,903

12.8%

 

 

33,884

30,476

11.2%

 

Cargo Tonne Km (m)

0

0

n/a

 

 

0

0

n/a

 

 

Aer Lingus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Passenger Km (m)

1,276

1,142

11.7%

 

 

19,194

6,641

n/a

9.5%

Available Seat Km (m)

1,703

1,533

11.1%

 

 

23,533

8,080

n/a

9.6%

Cargo Tonne Km (m)

12

13

-7.7%

 

 

127

56

n/a

-15.3%

 

Iberia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Passenger Km (m)

4,046

3,896

3.9%

 

 

51,064

48,564

5.1%

 

Available Seat Km (m)

4,997

4,950

0.9%

 

 

62,282

59,872

4.0%

 

Cargo Tonne Km (m)

103

103

0.0%

 

 

1,094

1,057

3.5%

 

 

British Airways

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Passenger Km (m)

11,233

11,025

1.9%

 

 

145,170

142,016

2.2%

 

Available Seat Km (m)

14,183

13,942

1.7%

 

 

178,732

174,274

2.6%

 

Cargo Tonne Km (m)

365

348

4.9%

 

 

4,233

4,180

1.3%

 

1 Group performance comprises Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia (including Iberia Express) and Vueling. Vueling traffic is currently accounted as non-premium traffic
2 Year to Date pro-forma includes Aer Lingus in the base
3 Domestic includes routes within UK, Spain, Ireland and Italy
4 2015 figures include Aer Lingus from the acquisition date of August 18, 2015