Friday 15th December 2017
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Big Turn Over Season Turns into Big Loss Season for Airlines

In last year and before, Europe has seen the worst of weathers. Millions were stranded at the airports throughout Europe while thousands of flights were cancelled and hundreds of airlines left affected by the downturn of weather in the most anticipated of seasons – the holiday season.

Although, each of us in our own spheres has also been affected by the harshness of weather, the closed roads jam rail tracks, delays, cancellations of flights and airport closures but Airlines have paid the heaviest price of the recent weather adversities.

One such example is British Airways, according to yesterday’s report in abtn news by Sara Turner; the airline is reported to have lost millions during the holiday season only. The airline saw a huge fall in passenger numbers across its entire network of more than 10% in December 2009, compared to the same month the previous year. The official figures further indicate that the December Holiday season whiteouts have cost the carrier millions of pounds, following the airlines lose of an equivalent of 12% in capacity.

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The snow blanket wrapped UK, Europe and North American airports causing airports to close and grounding aircraft, affecting flights with Lufthansa Airline, KLM Airline, Air France, Delta Airline, American Airline, and many more. Europe was the worst hit region, showing a fall of 14.2%.

The estimation of loss is on the basis of what could have been a big chunk in revenue but due to the airport shutdowns, not only the existing reservations are in jeopardy due to refunds and cancellations, but also so many would-be customers have changed their mind. Enlightening this aspect, British Airways spokesman told ABTN that the airline without the impact of the severe weather, the airline would have been “edging on the positive, like we have been on the last few months”. Further to that, the airline also said the weather disruption will have a financial impact during the third quarter of £50 million, with “some small additional impact” in January due to cancelled return journeys over the Christmas break.

In addition to the whiteouts, airlines were also challenged by strikes and strike treats equally. In 2010 Iberia Airline, the new code share partner of British Airways as well as Finn air and some South American airlines saw a decline in numbers imposed by air control strike.