BA strike hit passenger numbers

The continuing British Airways cabin crew dispute hit the airline’s June passenger totals, it was announced today.

BA said the first nine days of last month were affected by strike action, contributing to the fact that the airline carried 12.5% fewer passengers compared with the same month last year.

Numbers dipped from just more than 2.93 million in June 2009 to just over 2.56 million last month.

BA planes flew 77.5% full last month compared with 79.6% in June last year.

The industrial action and disruption caused by the Icelandic ash-cloud crisis have meant that BA carried 16.9% fewer passengers in the first quarter (April-June) of this financial year compared with the first quarter of 2009/10.

In revenue terms, the dip in traffic from April-June last year to April-June this year has been 14.9%.

Meanwhile, budget airline Ryanair announced today that it carried 6.71 million passengers last month – a 15% increase on its June 2009 total.

Ryanair’s planes flew 84% full last month compared with 85% full in June last year.

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