• Clamouring for action

    2017 will see battles between politicians as well as those tired of politicking, says Daniel Silke.

  • Realistic dreaming

    Preparation and sound advice will turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality, says Ian Mann.

  • SA versus Cuba

    Cuba’s successes are worth a good look with the aim of emulating them, says Mandi Smallhorne.

All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

Iata ups outlook for African airlines

Oct 01 2012 09:59
James-Brent Styan
Cape Town – The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has upgraded its forecasts for industry profits for 2012.

Iata director general and CEO Tony Tyler said airline industry profits will be about $4.1bn in 2012. The earlier forecast was for $3bn.

“Last year the airlines made $8.4bn so we’re still in a tough spot, but at least the fall in profitability this year will not be as bad as we had previously expected.

“Even with this improvement, the 0.6% net profit margin that this will deliver is far from a sustainable return. The news today is good, but it is still a very tough business.”

Further good news for airlines in Africa is that the region's airlines is now expect to break even this year. Previously Iata was expecting a loss of $100m for African airlines.

“This means African airlines will be at around the same levels in 2011, when they also broke even.”

Tyler touched on the European Union’s emission trading scheme plans, and said governments need to consider implementing aviation-friendly policy.

“Aviation-friendly policies can propel economies forward in a very positive way. Singapore, China, Hong Kong are examples. And then you look to Europe.

"The region is among the most in need of the economic growth that aviation can provide. Yet we still see high taxes, cumbersome regulation and capacity constraints. There are lessons for Europe to learn from other parts of the world.”

Tyler also gave a forecast of the situation expected in 2013.

“Looking into 2013, the situation is expected to improve moderately. Most likely the external factors will not change dramatically.

"Fuel prices are forecast to soften very slightly to $105/barrel for Brent. This and recent government and central bank actions are expected to improve GDP (gross domestic product) growth from 2.1% to 2.5%.

"This combination will result in industry profits gaining ground to $7.5bn. But against anticipated revenues of $660bn, that will still be a 1.1% profit margin.”

*Follow Fin24 on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.  
iata  |  airlines

NEXT ON FIN24X

Assore to get new CEO

2016-12-06 12:24

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about: SMALL BUSINESS

From fossils to finance – that’s been the career trajectory of Dr Merrill van der Walt, a palaeontologist until recently. She is now a statistician with a difference.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

SA's avoidance of junk status by rating agencies: Moody's and Fitch

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...