The world’s airlines will continue their streak of collective profitability in 2017, but anticipated higher costs coupled with a sluggish global economy lead IATA forecasters to believe 2017’s industry net profit will be almost $6 billion lower than 2016’s expected profit. If the global airline industry posts a net profit of $29.8 billion in 2017, as IATA said it expects in its forecast released in December, then it would break a three-year run in which the world’s ...

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