Air Arabia has announced its financial results for the nine months ending September 30, 2018, demonstrating high levels of profitability and solid operational metrics.
During the first nine months of 2018, Air Arabia registered a turnover of AED3 billion, 8 per cent increase compared to AED2.8 billion registered during the same period last year.
Net profit for the first nine months of this year stood at AED530 million, 17 per cent lower than the net profits recorded for the corresponding period in 2017.
Air Arabia’s robust financial performance was recorded despite the strong impact of high oil price and currency devaluation on the industry’s bottom line.
More than 6.6 million passenger flew with the low-cost pioneer during the nine months of 2018 while the average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – for the same period stood at an impressive 80 per cent.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia said: “Supported by strong revenue figures and passenger demand; Air Arabia’s net profit for the third quarter and year to date remained strong despite profit margins being impacted by the sharp rise in fuel price and the currency devaluation witnessed in several key travel markets”.
Revenue for the third quarter ending September 30, 2018, stood at AED1.28 billion, a 10 per cent increase compared with AED1.16 billion in the same period of 2017.
Net profit in the third quarter of 2018 reached AED300 million, 20 per cent lower than the corresponding 2017 figure.
More than 2.4 million passengers were served in the third quarter of 2018, a 5 per cent increase on the corresponding period of 2017, while the average seat load factor stood at an impressive 81 per cent.
Al Thani continued: “The global economic outlook remains under renewed pressure and airlines worldwide have been challenged by pressured yield margins and increase in cost structure while political and economic tensions continue to drive currency and oil price volatility.
“We believe that such impactful challenges are temporary and the long term outlook for the low cost travel in the region remains fundamentally strong”.