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IATA Lowers Loss Forecast For Mideast

March 14- The aviation industry body IATA cut its net loss forecast for Middle East carriers to $400 million (Dh1.46bn) a substantial reduction from its initial forecast in 2009 of a $1.5 billion loss.  Giovanni Bisignani said demand is causing recovery in the region but low yields on hub traffic will limit profitability. 

Bisignani, who is IATA’s director-general and chief executive, explained in a teleconference yesterday, that “We can clearly see from the numbers that the industry situation is improving.”   He said the improvement is driven by a recovery in demand as evidenced by year-end gains that have continued into the first months of 2010.  Globally, passenger demand has increased 6.4 percent and cargo growth increased 28.3 percent in 2009.  However, IATA said demand is still 2-3 percent lower than before the international economic crisis.  Bisignani projects Middle East carriers demand will grow 15.2 percent in 2010.

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