The 2015 edition of SITA’s annual Baggage Report was released on March 26.
This comprehensive study of baggage trends and statistics documents how, despite an increasing number of passengers, the industry has significantly reduced the number of mishandled bags in recent years. A peak of 18.88 mishandled bags per thousand passengers was recorded in 2007 and since that time, the total number of mishandled bags fell by 48.5% to 24.1 million in 2014 (down from 46.9 million in 2007). This reduction is estimated to have saved the industry US$18bn, thereby justifying the investments it has made in baggage systems automation and processes.
However, there is still room for improvement as the report reveals that 2014’s record load factors and a 5.4% uplift in the number of passengers nudged the mishandling rate up to 7.30 bags per thousand passengers, from 6.96 in 2013.
Commenting on the findings of his company’s 2015 Baggage Report, SITA’s CEO, Francesco Violante, said: “It is a reminder to us that we cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal. IATA is forecasting another year of strong passenger growth in 2015 – even higher than in 2014. Just to keep bag mishandling rates in check will require continual investment, collaboration and focus from all industry partners.”
There will be more details coverage of SITA’s 2015 Baggage Report in the June edition of Airports International magazine.
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