British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh yesterday ruled out the immediate possibility of the UK's flagship carrier relaunching long haul services from Birmingham International Airport.
BA - which pulled the plug on services from Birmingham to New York a few years ago - would only consider operating long haul flights from BIA if they were profitable, he said during a CBI executive luncheon.
The airline is now concentrating its long haul operations at Heathrow, where it hopes to begin operating from the new Terminal Five in the next two years.
"Terminal Five is a fundamental part of our future. For the first time in 40 years we can concentrate our main base operations under one roof," Mr Walsh added.
"The organisational efficiences of Terminal Five will generate cost savings for the business, which is a critical part of making ourselves fit for the future."
His comments came as BA posted a 0.8 per cent increase in year-on year passenger figures for February, up from 2,499,000 to 2,520,000.
In Europe the airline saw passenger figures fall half a per cent, down from 1,621,000 to 1,613,000.
However, traffic was up 12 per cent in the Asian-Pacific market, rising from 132,000 to 148,000.
On routes to the Americas there was a fall of 1.4 per cent, down from 491,000 to 484,000, but passenger figures on routes to Africa and the Middle East rose 7.7 per cent, up from 256,000 to 276,000.
The overall increase in traffic comprised a 7.1 per cent increase in premium classes, plus a 2.9 per cent rise in non-premium. The February load factor - a measure how full BA's planes were - rose 0.4 per cent to 71.2 per cent.
Meanwhile, Ryanair said it carried 2.59 million passengers in February, a rise of 22 per cent on the same month last year.