MONTREAL — Initial airline financial results from Q2 2017 have been more robust than earlier in the year, and suggest that the squeeze on profit margins from higher costs and weak yields peaked in Q1, according to the latest stats from IATA.
Meanwhile, having trended downwards since 2013, the latest monthly data suggest that passenger yields have now started to trend upwards. Exchange rate-adjusted yields were unchanged from their year-ago level in May.
Global airline share prices fell in July, driven by a decline in the North America index. Having seen airline shares outperform global equities over the past year, July’s decline appears, in part, to reflect profit taking by investors.
Passenger demand growth posted its strongest first half of the year since 2005. The seasonally-adjusted passenger load factor remained broadly stable, close to an all-time high over the same period.
The pick-up in global trade is helping to support premium passenger demand, particularly to, from and within Asia Pacific, notes IATA. Premium revenues have risen in year-on-year terms on key routes to and from the region so far in 2017.