Air travel demand slows as airlines confront security, fragile economies

lunes 30 de mayo de 2016 08:40 GYT

* IATA annual meeting and transport summit June 1-3

* Airline profits boosted by cheap fuel

* Fragile economies, security woes dampen demand

* CEOs to discuss emissions cutting plans

By Victoria Bryan

BERLIN, May 30 (Reuters) - Air passenger demand in April rose at its slowest rate since January 2015, weighed by the March attacks on Brussels airport and highlighting safety as one of the main challenges facing top airline executives meeting this week.

While airlines are enjoying a boost from lower oil prices, weakening economies and falling ticket prices are also posing problems for a sector which operates on thin profit margins.

The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) latest air passenger figures, released on Monday, showed demand rose by 4.6 percent in April, following the suicide bomb attacks in Brussels that killed 16 people at the end of March.

How to improve security following other attacks on popular travel destinations is likely to feature high on the agenda at the annual IATA meeting from June 1 to June 3 in Dublin.   Continuación...