IAG Group traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres rose by 3.2 per cent last month versus October 2011.

On a like-for-like basis – ie. not taking into account traffic arising from the acquisition of bmi – traffic was up 1.7 per cent.

Group capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres was up 2.7 per cent (up 0.8 per cent on a like-for-like basis).

Taking account of Hurricane Sandy capacity, Group capacity would have risen by 3.4 per cent on an underlying basis.

Group premium traffic for the month of October grew by 3.2 per cent compared to the previous year, with 3.2 per cent growth in non-premium traffic.

In the same period, British Airways’ traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres was up 6.2 per cent, while Iberia’s was down 3.7 per cent (see table below for more details).

Regarding strategic developments, IAG said in a statement: “British Airways has fully integrated bmi mainline into its operation from the start of the winter season. Terminal changes at Heathrow were implemented and British Airways now flies 20 new routes.”