International Airlines Group has placed blame on UK carrier British Airways’ pilot strike in September for its decline in third-quarter operating profit. The group’s operating profit during its Q3 2019 results stood at €1.42 billion before exceptional items, compared with €1.53 billion experienced in the same period last year. British Airways, owned by IAG, had to cancel nearly 1,600 flights on 9 and 10 September after it was left with “no option” as a result of the industrial action called by cockpit union BALPA – the first pilot walkout in the airline’s history. IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh said that

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