Global airlines are now expected to post a $9.7 billion loss in 2022, in a sharp improvement from a revised $42.1 billion loss in 2021, the International Air Transport Association said.
The 2022 forecast is nearly $2 billion better than an earlier expectation of a $11.6 billion loss.
Last year’s losses also improve on an earlier forecast of $52 billion, though airlines meeting in Qatar have been warned high oil prices and inflation risk denting the fragile recovery.
“Our industry is now leaner, tougher, and nimbler,” IATA director General Willie Walsh told an annual meeting of more than 100 airline leaders. “Industry-wide profit should be on the horizon in 2023,” he added.
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