OTTAWA, 23 December 2015: The world’s airlines are expected to post a collective record USD60 billion in profits this year, according to preliminary figures released by the UN aviation agency on Tuesday.
Final figures will be released in July 2016.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which represents some 1,400 commercial airlines around the world, said a 6.4% increase in the number of passengers from 2014 and a 40% decline in jet fuel costs contributed to the industry’s profits.
The increasing presence of low-cost carriers in emerging economies also helped boost overall profits, the ICAO said.
Looking forward to 2016, the agency forecast that a further decline in oil prices and an improving global economy “should see passenger traffic and profits continue their upward trend.”
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