International Airline Group—parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level—reported strong half-year profits Aug. 3, despite the dual headwinds of rising fuel prices and continuing strikes by French air traffic controllers. The group posted net profits, before exceptional items, of €835 million ($968 million), up 24% on 2017’s restated figure of €669 million (before exceptionals) for the equivalent period. Beneficial exceptional items ...

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