International Airlines Group, formed by the merger of British Airways and Iberia, posted a 5.1 percent rise in September traffic, led by a buoyant performance from the UK carrier.
Traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, rose by 5.1 percent versus September 2011, while passenger load factor was up 1.2 percentage points at 84 percent, it said on Wednesday.
IAG said its first and business-class travel - the most profitable part of its passenger business - rose 8 percent, while non-premium traffic was up 4.6 percent.
The company said underlying market conditions had not changed since August.
"Trading conditions at our London hub remain firm," it said. "Performance at Madrid continues to be impacted by weak economic conditions, with short haul traffic particularly affected."
British Airways' September traffic was up 7.6 percent compared to a 0.8 percent fall at Iberia.
IAG has seen worsening economic conditions in Spain hit its performance in recent months, undermining strength in long-haul through London.
The group recently said its commercial performance at its Madrid hub has deteriorated further due to the ongoing effects of challenging macroeconomic conditions in Spain and across the wider eurozone, as well as the after-effects of prolonged industrial action.
Earlier on Wednesday, British low-cost airline easyJet's increased its full-year profit guidance, boosted by sun-starved Britons taking last-minute holidays to flee the wet weather at home this summer.
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