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British Airways - statistics & facts

British Airways Plc is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom and the largest airline by passenger numbers within the country. Established in 1974 following the merger of four airline corporations, British Airways serves destinations worldwide and has codeshare arrangements with several companies, such as American Airlines and Qatar Airlines.

Financial performance during the coronavirus pandemic The coronavirus pandemic greatly impacted British Airways. In 2020, the airline generated a worldwide revenue of only 3.9 billion British pounds, 70 percent less than the previous year. It was an employer to 37,361 people that same year. Regarding passenger numbers, British Airways lost 74 percent of its passenger traffic because of the coronavirus pandemic, uplifting only 11.66 million people in 2020.


The British Airways subsidiary, BA CityFlyer was founded in 1991 with head offices in Manchester. BA CityFlyer's revenue was also impacted by the pandemic and amounted to only 49.3 million British pounds in 2020, with net profit loss reaching 49.7 million British pounds. BA CityFlyer was chosen by over 500,000 travelers. Moreover, in 2020, 61 percent of all available seats on BA CityFlyer aircraft were occupied, whilst British Airways had an occupancy rate of 61.4 percent.


British Airways is the UK-based airline with the greatest distance covered. In 2020, aircraft kilometers amounted to 262.1 million, which pushed it well ahead of low-cost carrier and competitor EasyJet. In that year, EasyJet uplifted 11.42 million passengers in the United Kingdom.

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In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 27 most important statistics relating to "British Airways".


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