International Airlines Group (IAG) have carried 112.9 million passengers in 2018, up 7.7% from the previous year, IAG announced on January 8. It is the first time the five major airlines within IAG have cleared 110m passengers.

Capacity increased 7.1% to 324.808m Available Seat Kilometers.

Strongest growth happened to Iberia and low-cost airline LEVEL, with Revenue Passengers Kilometers (RPK) + 11.7% to 61.354m. The two airlines also had the highest load factor at 85.7%, +1.6% over 2017.

Aer Lingus and Vueling both saw RPKs increase by 9.8%. At Spanish LCC Vueling to 31.973m, at the Irish airline to 23.516m. Load factor at Aer Lingus dropped slightly by 0.1%.

IAG’s biggest member, British Airways, realized a 3.3% increase in RPK to 152.177m, with load factors +0.7% to 82.5%.

Cargo tonne kilometers grew in December, but over twelve months slipped 0.9% to 5.713m.  IAG will publish its full-year 2018 results on February 28.

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Active as journalist since 1987, starting with regional newspaper Zwolse Courant. Grand Prix reporter in 1997 at Dutch monthly Formule 1, general reporter Lelystad/Flevoland at De Stentor/Dagblad Flevoland, from 2002 until June 2021 radio/tv reporter/presentor with Omroep Flevoland.
Since mid-2016 freelance aviation journalist, since June 2021 fully dedicated to aviation. Reporter/editor AirInsight since December 2018. Contributor to Airliner World, Piloot & Vliegtuig. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.

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