The International Air Transport Association said it encouraged Russia to be “more vocal” in its opposition to the European Union’s plan to extend curbs on carbon to the international aviation industry.
The International Air Transport Association cut its 2011 airline-industry profit forecast by 54 percent because of higher oil prices, political protests in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Japan earthquake.
Growth in air-passenger traffic slowed in February as political unrest in Arab states curbed flying, and will diminish further following the earthquake in Japan, the International Air Transport Association said.
The U.S. government should move ahead on a $4 billion modernization of the nation’s air-traffic control system as a way to create jobs and help stimulate the economy, the leader of a global airline group said.
Germany’s planned flight-departure tax, aimed at raising 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) a year for the government, will hamper European airlines’ efforts to revive profit, the International Air Transport Association said.