Oil price clips aviation industry’s wings; IATA says airlines may not meet December profit forecast


Oil price clips aviation industry’s wings; IATA says airlines may not meet December profit forecast

Profits in the airline industry are unlikely to reach the record levels forecast in December due to a jump in fuel costs, the head of the world’s leading air transport group said on Thursday. International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac said his organisation will issue fresh forecasts next week, and that airline profits were still likely to be robust. The December projections were based on oil at $60 per barrel, Juniac said.

Brent crude is currently over $77 per barrel, having risen roughly 15 percent so far this year. “We are probably at the peak of the (profit) cycle. Next year we don’t know yet but probably less positive,” Juniac said at a media event ahead of the organisation’s annual meeting starting on Sunday.

Airline operators such as Singapore Airlines Ltd and Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd posted strong profits in the latest quarter ended March amid a tourism boom in the region. Read More

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