Terror attacks blamed for drop in IAG passenger numbers

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Terror attacks blamed for drop in IAG passenger numbers

The Paris terrorist attacks hit high yield passengers travelling on International Airlines group carriers last month.

The parent company of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling disclosed a 0.3% drop in group premium traffic in December.

Overall traffic last month was up by 10.5% year-on-year as capacity rose by more than 12%.

IAG said: “The terrorist incidents in Paris in November and the US government travel advisory had a temporary negative impact on load factors and premium traffic in December.

“However, our guidance for full-year 2015 operating profit, issued with our third quarter results, remains unchanged.”

IAG airlines, including Aer Lingus, carried almost 95 million passengers in 2015.

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