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ITB World Travel Trends Report: Air Fares to Increase

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According to the ITB World Travel Trends Report compiled by IPK International, a short to mid-term rise in the price of airline tickets is to be expected worldwide. Travellers will have to bear the cost of anticipated increases in taxes and charges by paying extra for tickets, according to the report.

 The ITB World Travel Trends Report states that in order to become profitable again, airlines will have to significantly adjust their ticket prices. The findings are based on the assessments of 60 tourism experts from 30 countries, on a special IPK International trend analysis undertaken in leading source markets, and on core data supplied by the World Travel Monitor. The report notes that current airline prices are clearly too low to allow airlines to become profitable again.

Despite the worldwide recession the ITB World Travel Trends Report expects commercial aviation to grow dynamically over the next two decades. The Chinese market is predicted to expand annually by around 8.4%, followed by the Asia Pacific region (6.9%) and South America (estimated at 6.4%). The European market is forecast to grow by 3.4%, lagging significantly behind the expected global average growth rate of 4.9%.

Dr. Martin Buck, Vice President Competence Center Travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin, said, The currently unanswered question facing the worlds airline industries is whether price-conscious consumers will continue to drive the downgrading trend we are seeing in bookings, or whether we will witness a return to the situation we had before the worldwide economic and financial crisis began. It also remains to be seen whether companies will limit their business travel to a minimum and how video conferences and other new forms of communication technology will influence travel behaviour.

According to Dr. Buck the recession has already had a positive effect, The over-capacity of the worlds airline industries has been reduced and older planes which consume large amounts of kerosene have been taken out of service. In the short term a full recovery of demand is unlikely. Describing the situation he added that flat is the new growth, he said.

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