The Anglo-Spanish group, which also owns Iberia and Aer Lingus, just renewed a 750-million-pound ($955 million) partnership multi-year deal with American Express.
British Airways owner IAG warned the travel slump from the coronavirus pandemic had deepened, forcing it to axe even more of its winter flying schedule after it reported on Thursday a quarterly loss of 1.3 billion euros ($1.54 billion).
The British Airways owner IAG reassured investors with profits in line with expectations despite a tough fuel and trading environment, which has hit other airlines. Rivals such as EasyJet and Lufthansa have reported losses for the early months of 2019, but IAG said first quarter operating profit was 135 million euros ($152 million)
The head of global airline industry body IATA blamed overly risk-averse governments for prolonging the COVID-19 crisis for the travel sector but expects the outlook to brighten in the second half of the year.