Air travel to be disrupted by ‘very frustrating’ supply chain issues, IATA’s Willie Walsh says
Air travel is expected to suffer from “very frustrating” supply chain issues this year, according to Willie Walsh, the director general of the International Air Transport Association. Walsh cited engine parts as a particularly sensitive area, which could lead to delays in the delivery of new aircraft from major manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus. The shortages could have a knock-on impact as far out as summer 2023, Walsh warned. He also cited a lack of air traffic control staff as another potential hurdle for the aviation sector in the year ahead. However, despite these issues, Walsh expressed optimism about the future, noting that airlines were on track to return to profitability in 2023 after a tough pandemic period.
What is causing the supply chain issues impacting air travel in 2023?
According to Willie Walsh, the director general of the International Air Transport Association, shortages of engine parts are a major contributor to supply chain issues that are expected to impact air travel in 2023.
Which aircraft manufacturers are likely to be impacted by the supply chain issues?
Walsh cited major manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus as potentially being impacted by the supply chain issues affecting the aviation sector in 2023.
What other challenges is the aviation sector likely to face in 2023?
A lack of air traffic control staff is also expected to be a challenge for the aviation sector in 2023, according to Walsh.
Is there any positive news for the aviation industry in 2023?
Despite the challenges facing the industry, Walsh expressed optimism about the future, noting that airlines and airports were on track to return to profitability in 2023 after a tough pandemic period.
According to Willie Walsh of IATA, Supply Chain Issues will Cause ‘Very Frustrating’ Disruptions to Air Travel.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general Willie Walsh has warned that supply chain issues will have a significant impact on air travel in 2023. Speaking about the challenges facing the aviation sector, Walsh said that the shortages will be particularly evident with engine parts, potentially delaying the delivery of new aircraft from manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus. He also predicted that a scarcity of air traffic control staff is likely to be another problem in 2023, with restrictions on capacity already being seen in the US and problems surfacing in Europe. Despite these challenges, Walsh remains optimistic about the industry as a whole, stating that airlines are set to return to profitability in 2023.