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BA owner IAG's profit rises despite expensive IT glitch

Europe
28.07.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
London (dpa) - British Airways owner IAG Group on Friday said its operating profit rose 14 per cent to 898 million euros (1.05 billion dollars) in the first half of this year, despite a 65-million-euro loss caused by a major problem in its IT systems.

The airline group, which also owns Iberia and Aer Lingus, said BA‘s operating profit jumped 741 million euros in January-June, up from 631 million euros in the same period of 2016.

Willie Walsh, IAG‘s chief executive, said the group had "a very strong performance" in the second quarter of the year.

"The underlying trend in unit revenue improved, benefitting partially from Easter and a weak base last year," Walsh said in a statement.

"Non-fuel unit costs before exceptional items are up, at constant currency," he said. "These costs include the financial impact of the power failure which affected British Airways‘ customers."

BA blamed a disconnected power supply after its computer systems failed in May, leaving the carrier unable to check in baggage and affecting some 75,000 passengers.

 

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