Air Transport World

Passenger handling costs continue to climb.

Passenger handling costs continue to climb

Passenger handling expenses have out-paced other costs at the world's airlines over the past five years, an Air Transport World survey indicates.

Only general conclusions can be drawn from data supplied by the 22 carriers responding to the survey due to differences in the way passenger handling employes and costs are defined, but all of the figures point to the fact that costs associated with each passenger boarding rose between 1981 and 1986.

For example, handling cost per passenger at airlines providing comparable data for the two years increased to $25.58 in 1986 from $24.63 in 1981. Passenger handling employes represented 43. …

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