BA’s parent company International Airlines Group released its half year results today, Friday 29 July 2022.
BA reported its first operating profit since COVID-19 with a profit of £54 million for the second quarter of this year. At a group level IAG made an operating profit of €293 million.
Again, BA’s recovery from COVID-19 lags that of other IAG airlines. BA’s capacity measured by Available Seat Kilometres was around 30% less than the same quarter in 2019. This compares to 13% for Iberia. Passenger revenue was also 27% less at BA, compared to 4% less for the same quarter at Iberia.
Premium leisure revenue has recovered to around 85% of 2019 levels. Premium business revenue has recovered to around 60% of 2019 levels. Again, this lags Iberia.
British Airways has relaunched its winter seasonal route from London Gatwick to Cape Town.
The route returns for the first time since COVID-19 on Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Flights will operate three times weekly until Saturday 25 March 2023.
Flights depart Gatwick on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, with the return flights from Cape Town the following day.
Extra flights to Cape Town are welcome. Though for Club World passengers you should be guaranteed to have BA’s Club Suite on a flight between Heathrow and Cape Town. Whereas at Gatwick, you are guaranteed to have BA’s old Club World cabin.
According to BA’s latest schedule updates, it will add a second daily flight from Heathrow to Cape Town on 20 November.
Sadly, following the demise of its franchise partner Comair, BA does not offer local flights within South Africa. BA does have an interline agreement with AirLink and South African Airways.
The British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol airport will not reopen as a BA lounge.
The lounge has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst all other BA lounges worldwide have reopened or have been confirmed as closed, this lounge has remained as “temporarily closed”.
Eligible BA passengers at Amsterdam can continue to use the Aspire lounge.
The BA lounge was part of the Priority Pass lounge access scheme. It is likely that another operator will take over the lounge.
Any passengers due to travel from Heathrow up to Monday 25 July 2022 can rebook to an alternative BA operated flight to the same destination within 12 months of the date of travel. This includes flights from other London airports.
Alternatively passengers who do not wish to travel can request a voucher for travel up to 30 September 2023. Full refunds are only possible if allowed under the original fare rules.
BA has periodically introduced this policy for short haul flights, particularly at weekends.
It now applies to both short and long haul flights at Heathrow until 25 July.