27 FEBRUARY 2017


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Article from BTNews 27 FEBRUARY 2017

British Airways profits

Figures published by IAG show how reliant the group is on BA to make a realistic profit.

Six full years after the airline group was controversially created by the amalgamation of British Airways and Iberia the annual figures published last week notes that of the €2.4bn operating profit €1.7bn comes from the UK carrier with the Spanish operator contributing just €271m and the much smaller Aer Lingus not far behind with €233m. Vueling, a low-cost Spanish carrier and part of the Group, had a profit of €60m.

Willie Walsh, IAG's chief executive, said: "It was a good performance in a challenging environment. The fall in the value of the pound last year cost €460m”.

IAG recently closed Heathrow Bath Road headquarters and moved into the BA Waterside building.   It is planning to start low-cost transatlantic flights from Barcelona this year to destinations in the US but the move by Norwegian (see in this issue) may require a rethink.

Citing the results UNITE the cabin staff trade union has called for another British Airways strike from 00:01 Friday 3March to 23:59 on Thursday 9 March. 


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