The aviation in Romania supports 75,000 jobs and one billion euros of the gross domestic product (GDP), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Tony Tyler told an event dedicated to the Eastern European aviation here on Friday.
In Eastern Europe, figures show us the direct impact of aviation and they are very important. In Romania, aviation supports 75,000 jobs and one billion euros of GDP, in Hungary 48,000 jobs and 1.1 billion euros, in Bulgaria 140,000 jobs and 1.7 billion euros and in Poland 84,000 jobs and two billion euros. These figures only represent the surface effect, because aviation has played a much more intense role in helping (Eastern ) Europe integrate into the European economy after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Tyler said.
The IATA head stressed the benefits of the aviation must be maintained and extended and one of the challenges is related to profitability.
In 2012, the airlines were making 2.2 dollars in profit by each passenger they carried, the equivalent of the cost of a cup of coffee. This year will be better and we will push the profit towards 4 dollars a passenger, which represents the cost of a sandwich, Tyler added.
He explained that more than three billion passengers reached their destinations by air this year. The global air fleet consists of 23,000 ships linking 40,000 pairs of cities.
The Romanian transport ministry, the IATA and national air carrier TAROM are staging the Eastern Europe Aviation Day in Bucharest on Friday, with over 150 aviation representatives to look into the problems and the ways of increasing the aviation sector in this region.