SUTTON, September 5, 2018 – More airline groups than ever before are recording profits in excess of a billion US dollars, FlightGlobal’s World Airline Rankings survey shows, illustrating the impact consolidation has had, alongside the long-positive economic cycle, in driving healthier industry returns.
Revenues among the leading 100 airline groups rose more than 10% in 2017, marking another strong year. While operating profits have slipped slightly from recent levels, they remain at historic highs, and fortunes improved at net level. The strong financial performance is driven by robust passenger demand and an improving air freight sector. Indeed, passenger traffic at the 100 biggest groups in terms of RPKs rose 8%.
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