British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group carried more than 100 million passengers in 2016, its highest number to date, the firm has announced.

IAG, which also includes Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, recorded a 14% increase in passenger numbers compared to 2015.

A total of 100,675,056 passengers flew on IAG’s airlines as its 548 aircraft were 81.6% full in the group’s sixth year.

Chief executive Willie Walsh, said: “This month, IAG celebrates its sixth birthday and our airlines continue to go from strength to strength.”

He added that Iberia was the most punctual major global airline in 2016 and claimed its subsidiary Iberia Express was the best performing low cost carrier in the world.

“Huge credit should be given to the team at Iberia which, following restructuring, has become both financially and operationally stronger,” added Walsh.

Group traffic for 2016, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, was up 9.7% while capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres, was up 9.4 per cent.