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                                   4 May, 2006

                               BRITISH AIRWAYS Plc
                               (Registrant's Name)

                                 Waterside HBA3,
                                   PO Box 365
                              Harmondsworth UB7 0GB
                                 United Kingdom

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1. April traffic statistics


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                                             BRITISH AIRWAYS Plc

                                             By:   /s/_________________________
                                                   Name: Alan Buchanan
                                                   Title:Company Secretary
                                                   Date  4 May, 2006

                                INDEX TO EXHIBITS

Exhibit No.                 Description

1.                          April Traffic Statistics


Summary of the headline figures

In April 2006,  passenger capacity,  measured in Available Seat Kilometres,  was
4.2  per  cent  above  April  2005.  Traffic,   measured  in  Revenue  Passenger
Kilometres, was higher by 9.8 per cent. This resulted in a passenger load factor
up 4 points  versus  last  year,  to 78.7 per  cent.  The  increase  in  traffic
comprised  a 3.8 per  cent  increase  in  premium  traffic  and a 10.9  per cent
increase in non-premium traffic. Cargo, measured in Cargo Tonne Kilometres, rose
by 1.3 per cent. Overall load factor rose by 2.9 points to 71.6 per cent.

As highlighted  last month,  the timing of Easter this year has reduced  premium
volumes and benefited non premium volumes in April.

Market conditions

Market conditions remain broadly unchanged as significant  promotional  activity
is required to maintain seat factors.

Strategic Developments

British Airways increased the fuel surcharge on its longhaul flights from Friday
April 21, 2006 as a result of further  rises in the price of fuel.  The longhaul
fuel  surcharge on tickets  sold and issued in the UK  increased  from GBP30 per
sector to GBP35 per sector  (GBP70 return trip).  The shorthaul  fuel  surcharge
remained  unchanged at GBP8 per sector  (GBP16 a return  trip).  The annual fuel
bill  for  2005/2006  is  expected  to be  some  GBP1.6  billion.  We  estimated
previously that this would rise by GBP400 million in 2006/2007 but at these high
fuel  prices,  we would now expect this  year's  fuel bill to be GBP600  million
higher at GBP2.2 billion.

The  company  announced  a radical  shake-up  of its  short-haul  air fares with
one-way  all-inclusive  tickets  starting at GBP29. All  non-changeable  economy
tickets have been scrapped with air travellers able to change their flights,  no
matter  what  they have  paid for the  ticket,  up to  midnight  the day  before
departure. The airline increased the flexibility of its lowest priced tickets in
response to feedback from its customers  who  increasingly  need to change their
flight  bookings at short notice due to altering  schedules.  The move increases
the number of changeable tickets on sale by 15 million a year.

In his first major speech on the environment,  Willie Walsh,  chief executive of
British Airways, said the European Commission should keep its plans for aviation
emissions  trading  simple and  practical.  He urged the  Commission not to risk
delaying the  extension of its carbon  trading  scheme to airlines by making the
arrangements  too  complicated.   Addressing   Ireland's   National   Management
Conference  in Co  Wicklow,  he said it was vital to bring  the EU  scheme  into
operation to demonstrate  the aviation  industry's  commitment to addressing its
impact on global  warming.  But he warned that the size of  aviation's  share of
global carbon  emissions was  sometimes  overstated.  Mr Walsh said the European
scheme should apply, initially at least, to flights within the EU only.

The  company  met with its trade  unions to hear  their  joint  response  to the
proposal to address the GBP1 billion  past  deficit in the New Airways  Pensions
Scheme (NAPS). Further talks were agreed.

British Airways made a GBP500,000 donation to help rebuild 11 schools devastated
in the South Asia  earthquake last autumn.  The money,  which was raised through
the British Airways Change for Good Programme,  has been given to UNICEF as part
of the airline's continuing support of relief efforts across the region.


May 4, 2006                                               035/TC/06


                                           Month of April

BRITISH AIRWAYS GROUP                                          Change
SCHEDULED SERVICES                    2006           2005         (%)
Passengers carried (000)
UK/Europe                             1959           1923         +1.9
Americas                               670            622         +7.6
Asia Pacific                           160            140        +14.2
Africa and Middle East                 280            239        +17.1
Total                                 3068           2924         +5.0

Revenue passenger km (m)
UK/Europe                             1848           1753         +5.4
Americas                              4513           4158         +8.6
Asia Pacific                          1606           1443        +11.3
Africa and Middle East                1863           1599        +16.5
Total                                 9830           8952         +9.8

Available seat km (m)
UK/Europe                             2592           2684         -3.4
Americas                              5472           5253         +4.2
Asia Pacific                          2017           1929         +4.6
Africa and Middle East                2403           2112        +13.8
Total                                12486          11979         +4.2

Passenger load factor (%)
UK/Europe                             71.3           65.3         +6.0 pts
Americas                              82.5           79.1         +3.4 pts
Asia Pacific                          79.6           74.8         +4.8 pts
Africa and Middle East                77.5           75.7         +1.8 pts
Total                                 78.7           74.7         +4.0 pts

Revenue tonne km (RTK) (m)
Cargo tonne km (CTK)                   404            398         +1.3
Total RTK                             1380           1287         +7.3
Available tonne km (m)                1928           1873         +3.0

Overall load factor (%)               71.6           68.7         +2.9 pts

Certain  statements  included in this statement may be  forward-looking  and may
involve  risks and  uncertainties  that  could  cause  actual  results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements include, without limitation,  projections relating to
results of operations  and  financial  conditions  and the  company's  plans and
objectives for future operations, including, without limitation,  discussions of
the  company's  business  and  financing  plans,  expected  future  revenues and
expenditures and divestments.  All forward-looking statements in this report are
based upon  information  known to the  company on the date of this  report.  The
company   undertakes   no   obligation   to   publicly   update  or  revise  any
forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events
or otherwise.

It is not  reasonably  possible to itemise all of the many  factors and specific
events that could cause the company's forward-looking statements to be incorrect
or that could otherwise have a material adverse effect on the future  operations
or results of an airline operating in the global economy.

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