Airlines see rise in passengers
IAG, Easyjet and Ryanair all saw passenger numbers increase during 2012.
British Airways' parent, International Airlines Group (IAG) - which also owns struggling Iberia - recorded a 1.8% rise in passengers over 2011 to 54.6 million in 2012. Load factors also rose 1.5 percentage points to 80.3%.
Easyjet saw a 6.7% rise to 59.2 million passengers, with load factors up by 1.4 points to 88.9%.
And Ryanair enjoyed a 4% rise in passengers to 79.6 million during the year - but load factors were static at 82.0%.
Ryanair's rival Aer Lingus saw a 1.5% rise in passengers to 9.65 million in 2012.
IAG states 'There is continued firmness in trends at British Airways and weakness in Spanish markets - as in the previous months.'
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