LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways owner IAG ICAG.L reported a 1.3 billion euro third-quarter loss on Thursday as coronavirus restrictions depressed travel, forcing it to further cut its flying schedule for the rest of the year.
The loss was far larger than the 920 million euros forecast by analysts, illustrating the scale of the challenge faced by IAG’s new boss Luis Gallego who took over in September.
As the second wave of COVID-19 infections spreads across Europe, airlines are facing a bleak winter and IAG joins Lufthansa, Ryanair and EasyJet in cutting back already anaemic schedules.
With less flying, the group warned it no longer expected to reach breakeven in terms of net cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter, but said that liquidity was strong.
The company has raised 2.74 billion euros from shareholders and received the funds in early October, raising its total liquidity to 9.3 billion euros.
German rival Lufthansa also released its results early, reporting a 1.26 billion euro loss on Tuesday.
IAG said it would provide more detailed results on Oct.30.