Air Transport World

Back to business. (after the Persian Gulf war airlines see passenger traffic rebounding)

The Persian Gulf War has been a difficult experience for everyone. The Kuwaiti victims of Iraq's blatant grab for riches suffered severely, as did iraqis who bore the cost of their leader's ambitions. Business suffered as well, decisions around the world held in abeyance, awaiting the final economic tally of the war. Among businesses, airlines seem to have suffered the most.

After taking a massive economic shot from the oil-price jump, airlines became the assumed chief targets of Saddam Hussein's terrorist threat once fighting was begun in mid-January. On some routes, passengers very nearly disappeared. According to IATA, some 15,400 scheduled flights were canceled in January alone. …

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