Low-cost carrier Air Arabia posts strong Q2 profit

Low-cost carrier Air Arabia posts strong Q2 profit
Air Arabia has announced strong financial results for the second quarter of this year.
Published: 8 August 2017 - 1:39 a.m.
By: Claudia De Brito

Air Arabia has announced strong financial results for the second quarter of this year ending June 30, 2017 as the low-cost carrier continued to deliver a sustained performance.

Air Arabia’s financial results for the second quarter exceeded analysts’ expectations and registered a net profit of AED 158 million (US$ 43 million), an increase of 21% compared to the AED 131 million (US$ 35 million) reported for the same period last year. The company’s turnover for the second quarter of 2017 increased to AED 906 million (US$ 248 million), compared to AED 894 million (US$ 245 million) in the corresponding period last year. Air Arabia served over 2.05 million passengers in the second quarter of 2017, while the average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – for the same quarter stood at an impressive 79%.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia said: “Air Arabia’s strong second quarter financial performance is a testament to the carrier’s operational efficiency and robust growth strategy. Despite the continuous pressure on yield margins, which is driven by the market and the economic environment, Air Arabia managed to register a solid second quarter net profit backed by the carrier’s cost control measures, operational efficiency and combined with its momentum growth”.

Air Arabia’s net profit for the first six months of 2017 stood at AED 261 million (US$ 72 million), up 7% compared to the corresponding period of 2016 while the turnover for the first six months of this year reached AED 1.716 billion (US$ 470 million). The airline served over 4.1 million passengers in the first six months of 2017 while the average seat load factor (passengers carried as a percentage of available seats) for the same period stood at 79%.

Al Thani concluded: “We are confident about the appeal of low cost travel in general and Air Arabia services in particular across the markets we operate in.  As we continue to further expand our reach and network, we remain focused on operational efficiency, cost control as well as delivering even more value for money air travel to our customers”.

Air Arabia received two new Airbus A320 aircraft in the first half of 2017 ending June 30 and added 12 new routes from its five operating hubs in the UAE, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. Air Arabia currently serves a global destination network of 130 routes across the world.


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