British Airways news roundup – 9th May

IAG numbers, Barclaycard deals, Mumbai, Larnaca & Tripoli

British Airways to lose Mumbai lounge?

British Airways Concorde Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5

Heathrow Lounge

India’s Business Standard has run a story suggesting that operators of Mumbai’s new Terminal 2, which opens later this year, plan to offer a single common business lounge for all airline passengers.

There are currently 6 business lounges at Mumbai’s international airport, 2 of them operated on a general, non-aligned basis and the other 4 operated by British Airways, Air India, Lufthansa & Emirates for use by their own, and alliance member, passengers. Not surprisingly, the airlines in question are said to be strongly resisting the move.

We have no way of authenticating this story but surely, one would imagine, such a radical departure from the norm would have been discussed and finalised a long time ago?

Barclaycard to offer British Airways deals

Barclaycard is to join the ‘daily deals’ market, most commonly associated with the likes of Groupon & Wowcher. Its own ‘Bespoke Offers’ service launched this week and, according to the press release, will include some 5,000 deals from a wide variety of companies including British Airways.

These bespoke offers are available to all UK customers, not just Barclaycard holders, and will, so they say, be expertly tailored to individual customers’  specific spending habits and selected preferences. Click here for more details.

British Airways parent IAG reports drop in traffic

IAGFor April 2013, group traffic at IAG, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, was down 5.6% compared to April 2012. This reduction comprised a 6.9% decrease in non-premium traffic against a 1.8% increase in premium traffic. Much of this is down to the different dates for Easter although IAG has also stated that it reflects a policy decision to improve yields at the expense of load. No breakdown has been provided for the respective performances of British Airways against Iberia.

British Airways increases flights to Tripoli

Effective from 2nd September, British Airways will increase the frequency of its service between London Heathrow and Tripoli from 3 to 4 flights a week. The additional Monday service means that British Airways will now fly to the Libyan capital every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday.

British Airways new service to Larnaca

Gatwick North TerminalCommencing 30th June, British Airways will launch a new, thrice weekly service between London Gatwick and Larnaca in Cyprus. This is in addition to the airline’s summer service between Gatwick & Paphos which operates twice a week.

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