The 64th annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Air Transport Summit began in Istanbul on Monday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the meeting, Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said that aviation grew over 100 percent in Turkey in the last four years.
Yildirim added that share of Turkish Airlines (THY) in domestic flights had been 98 percent in 2003. He said that it dropped by 50 percent today but the number of passengers THY carried doubled.
He said that civil aviation sector was affected from economy, adding that some of the problems, which prevented the sector from developing, were negative developments in global economy such as mortgage crisis in the United States, increasing merchandise prices and economic stagnation; and the other problem was the increase in fuel prices.
Yildirim said that environment protection was also important in air transportation, adding that IATA's target was to provide six million tons less carbon dioxide emission in environment.
Also IATA's CEO Giovanni Bisignani said that each 1 USD increase in oil prices rose costs in air transportation sector 1.6 billion USD.
Bisignani said that air transportation was a sector worth of 3.5 trillion USD and it employed 32 million people.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Haziran 2008, 16:10