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Big freeze leaves BA with pounds 50m bill.

BRITISH Airways has estimated the disruption caused by heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures will cost the airline pounds 50m.

The number of passengers travelling with BA plunged more than 10% last month as airports including Heathrow and Gatwick were forced to close by adverse conditions.

The airline said the number of passengers carried in December fell to 2.1m from 2.4m last year, as its operating capacity was reduced by 12% year-on-year.

The big freeze - the coldest December in the UK since records began - is the latest in a series of events to hit BA's finances.

Flights grounded by the ash cloud emanating from Iceland's volcano cost the airline pounds 108m, while a series of strikes over the summer set the firm back pounds 142m.

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* BIG BILL: Snowploughs clearing the taxiways at Heathrow Airport after heavy snowfall last month which have left BA with another costly loss
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2011
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