British Airways has described its contingency plans for the first three-day strike that began on Saturday as “very successful” but admitted that each day of the strike had cost £7 million.


A spokesman for the airline said the financial cost was unlikely to have much of an impact on the airline’s full-year earnings expectations for the year to the end of March.


During the first two days of the strike the airline said it operated 273 flights, or 78% of its schedule, and that it sold 68% of seats.


On short-haul routes, it said it operated 442 flights, or 50% of its schedule, with a seat factor of 69%. The Club World seat factor was just shy of 60%.


The airline said it even took some additional late bookings for the first two days, carrying a total of 86,262 passengers. It had gone in to the strike with a total of 82,573 bookings.