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IATA airlines productivity gains diminishing.

IATA airlines productivity gains diminishing The 140 Airline members of the International Air Transport Association continued to improve their productivity in 1985, but their rate of improvement declined in most categories for the second consecutive year (see table below).

IATA airlines enjoyed their best passenger traffic growth of the '80s in 1985 with passenger boardings increasing 5.7% over 1984's and scheduled RPKs increasing 6.3%. Unfortunately from a productivity standpoint, IATA member employment also made its biggest increases, swelling 2.7% over 1984 to 939,000. So, IATA members carried 496 scheduled passengers per employe in 1985, their best yet, but only 2.9% better than in 1984. …

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