British Airways traffic drops for the month of May largely due to cabin crew strikes. (Image: Wikimedia)

As the battle between British Airways and Unite union continues for another week, the airline announced an 11.5 percent decrease in May traffic. This drop was largely due to the cabin crew walking off the job, causing disrupted operations for the carrier. 


British Airways saw a 6.5 percent drop in premium traffic and 12.5 percent drop in non-premium
traffic.Compared to one year prior, the airline had a 4.7 percent decrease in passenger capacity. During the various strikes, BA only had a 6 percent reduction.


It is estimated that the British Airways strike is costing the airline about 7 million pounds ($10.2 million USD) per day. In order to soften the financial blow it is expected to take, BA will increase long-haul flights to about 80 percent of its normal schedule.


The airline noted that it will still offer all its available flights to passengers planning to travel to South Africa for the World Cup which starts Friday June 11. 


Source: Market Watch 

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