Airline Crews Physically Restraining More Unruly Passengers

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 7, 2017

That's according to an annual tally released Tuesday by the International Air Transport Association, which shows 169 passengers were physically restrained past year, up from 113 in 2015.

Airlines with low levels of hedging (such as those in the USA and China) were are likely to feel the impact of this increase more immediately than those with higher average hedging, including those in Europe.

Fuel was tipped to comprise 20.5 per cent of total costs for airlines in 2018, up from 18.8 per cent in the prior year.

On a positive note, the recent run of industry profitability has allowed airlines to pay down debt and reduce interest payments.

Labour costs have been accelerating strongly and are now a larger expense item than fuel (30.9 per cent in 2018). Passenger numbers are expected to increase to 4.3 billion in 2018.

"These are good times for the global air transport industry". This will outpace an expected 3.5 per cent increase in unit revenues.

"Safety performance is solid. We have a clear strategy that is delivering results on environmental performance", said IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. "The region's carriers face challenges to their business models", the IATA reported, adding, "from low oil revenues, regional conflict, crowded air space, the impact of travel restrictions to the United States, and competition the new "super connector" (Turkish Airlines)".

He added that there is need to invest more in modern infrastructure to cater for the growing demand for air transport on the continent.

Overall, reported incidents declined almost 10 percent in 2016 to 9,837, but the number viewed as higher risk rose from the previous year, the association said.

Meanwhile, IATA said the cargo business was expected to continue to "benefit from a strong cyclical upturn in volumes, with some recovery in yields".

Globally, IATA forecasts global industry net profit to rise to $38.4 billion in 2018, an improvement from the $34.5 billion expected net profit in 2017 (revised from a $31.4 billion forecast in June), with the Middle East forging ahead.

"The boost to cargo volumes in 2017 was a result of companies needing to restock inventories quickly to meet unexpectedly strong demand", IATA said. This led cargo volumes to grow at twice the pace of the expansion in world trade of 4.3 per cent.

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