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Using aviation’s potential to drive economic growth in Africa

Tony Tyler, IATA Director-General.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on public and private stakeholders to work together to enable the aviation sector drive economic growth in Africa. “Aviation supports 6.7 million jobs and some $68 billion of economic activity in Africa. Those numbers are impressive but I am convinced aviation has an even bigger role to […]

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Airline profits low despite increase in passengers

Demand for air travel continues to be strong, a further demonstration of the importance of air transport worldwide. However, that importance does not carry through to the bottom line. This year airlines are expected to make profits of $12.7 billion. Though this may seem an impressive figure, it only represents a 1.8% net profit margin, […]

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700 air transport leaders in Cape Town for IATA annual meeting

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700 air transport leaders are gathering in Cape Town, South Africa, for the 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The city of Cape Town will be the global capital of commercial aviation from 2 – 4 June 2013 as the industry discusses its most important issues, including safety, environment, […]

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IATA announces restructuring but no job cuts

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced an organizational restructuring of its main divisions and regional operations to better address the needs of its 240 member airlines. Senior management changes have been announced to support the new structure. All changes will take effect from 1 July 2013. A key guiding principle of the restructuring […]

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Aviation security: getting it right

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to work with the industry to develop a pragmatic approach to keeping aviation secure by balancing risk and regulation. “We have a big responsibility – keeping more than 3 billion air travellers, nearly 50 million tonnes of freight and the world’s economies securely connected by […]

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Africa’s air safety worsened in 2012, says IATA

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Air safety in Africa continues to be a cause for concern according to a new report released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The region’s accident rate for all aircraft types more than doubled (12.44 accidents per million flights from 6.17 in 2011), but African airlines on the Operational Safety Audit Registry (IOSA) had […]

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2012: Passenger demand grew as air cargo declined

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced full-year traffic data for 2012 showing a 5.3% year-on-year increase in passenger demand and a 1.5% fall for cargo. The 5.3% increase in passenger demand was slightly down on 2011 growth of 5.9% but above the 5% twenty-year average. Load factors for the year were near record […]

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Gloomy outlook for African airlines in 2013

Tony Tyler, IATA Director-General.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced its industry financial outlook for the year 2013: Africa’s airlines will be lucky to breakeven. “In 2013, African airlines are expected to post a third consecutive year of breakeven performance,” reads the IATA forecast. Performance in 2012 has not been too good either as Africa stands with […]

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