After labor, fuel represents the largest cost component in airlines operations. An effective and efficient way of reducing costs is to use less fuel. IATA is working with industry partners worldwide to reduce the industry's fuel requirements. In addition, we are working with individual airlines to ensure they have a robust internal "fuel conservation program" in place.
"Save 1 Minute" Initiative
Airlines spend approximately $100 per minute/flight in total operating costs (labor, fuel, maintenance, etc.). IATA is working with air navigation service providers (ANSPs), air traffic controllers (ATCs), airlines and other key stakeholders to save 1 minute per flight through better airspace design, procedures and management. This initiative could reduce total industry operating costs by over $1 billion per year and significantly reduce environmental emissions.
Opening new more direct flight routes and re-aligning others to reduce fuel requirements can save the industry $1 billion per year and reduce harmful emissions. Notable achievements so far include European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) states, North Atlantic/North America (NATNAM), the Middle East and China where authorities have authorized flexible flight planning in terms of three entry points into Chinese airspace to support cross-polar tracks.
Additional priorities include new routes over Russia, India and reduced delays in Europe.
Improved Airport Traffic Flows
Improvements to ground, departure & arrival traffic flows and rationalization of existing Noise Abatement Departure Procedures (NADPs) can further reduce fuel consumption, lowering industry costs by $530 million per year. Initial work has begun with airport authorities at HKG and MEX, while other opportunities are being identified and prioritized.
Efficient Operating Procedures
A 1% improvement in fuel efficiency across the industry can lower fuel costs by $700 million per year. Refinements to existing operating procedures can help achieve this. We are compiling industry best practices, publishing guidance material and establishing training programs for Member airlines to improve existing fuel conservation measures.
See how our fuel guidelines and fuel fact sheet (pdf) can help you in your fuel-related processes.