Volcanic ash and strikes hit BA passenger figures

British Airways' UK and European passenger numbers are down more than 13% this month on the same period last year.

Volcanic ash and strikes hit BA passenger figures
Volcanic ash and strikes hit BA passenger figures
BA carried 1.6m UK and European passengers in June this year, down from 1.8m in June 2009.

The overall passenger numbers for June was 2.6m, down 12.5% on June 2009.

A statement issued by the national carrier said: "Traffic, and as a result, profitability, in the first quarter has been affected by seven days of volcanic ash in April and 23 days of industrial activity in May and June."

However, it said underlying market conditions continue to show improvement, and it plans to start two direct services a week from London Gatwick to Cancun, Mexico in November.

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