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IAG Passes Lufthansa in Carrier Ranking With Air France in Sight

  • German operator's traffic gain limited to 2.7% after strikes
  • Franco-Dutch giant remains European No. 1 despite labor woes
British Airways aircrafts.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British Airways parent IAG SA edged past Deutsche Lufthansa AG to become Europe’s second-biggest airline last year, spurred by its acquisition of Ireland’s Aer Lingus as strikes held back the German carrier.

Lufthansa’s traffic, a measure of the number of customers carried times the distance flown that’s regarded as an industry standard, gained only 2.7 percent to 220 billion revenue passenger kilometers, it said Tuesday. IAG last week posted a 9.6 percent advance to 222 billion RPKs.