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IAG's 2017 passenger growth led by Aer Lingus


Aer Lingus crew

Aer Lingus crew

Aer Lingus crew

Aer Lingus led IAG's passenger traffic gains last year, as expansion at British Airways (BA) slowed. IAG bought Aer Lingus in 2015.

The Irish airline posted a 12pc traffic increase last year, while Madrid-based Iberia's numbers were up 7.6pc, IAG said yesterday. BA's traffic growth was 1.5pc.

Numbers for Level, IAG's new low-cost brand, were included in Iberia's total.

Willie Walsh's IAG has poured resources into a turnaround of Iberia and boosted Aer Lingus with new planes.

IAG's overall traffic rose 3.8pc, slowing from a 4.5pc gain in 2016.

Its passenger tally increased 4.1pc to almost 105 million.

Irish Independent