Muscat: Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, said its net profit grew by 27 per cent to 376 dirhams for the third quarter ending 2017.
The company’s turnover for the third quarter of 2017 increased by 4 per cent to 1.16 billion dirhams, compared to 1.12 billion dirhams in the corresponding period last year. Air Arabia served over 2.33 million passengers in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 3 per cent compared to the same period of last year while the average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – for the same quarter stood at an impressive 81 per cent.
“The solid third quarter results reflect the continuous appeal for our value driven product combined with the cost control measures and robust growth strategy adopted by the airline management team. We are glad to see Air Arabia delivering strong financial and operational performance throughout 2017 despite the continuous pressure on yield margins that airlines in the region are witnessing,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammad Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia.
Air Arabia’s net profit for the first nine months of 2017 stood at an impressive 637 million dirhams, up 18 per cent compared to the corresponding period of 2016 while the turnover for the first nine months of this year reached 2.88 billion dirhams. Air Arabia served over 6.5 million passengers in the first nine months of 2017 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.
Air Arabia received three new Airbus A320 aircraft in the first nine months of 2017 ending September 30 and added 14 new routes from its five operating hubs in the UAE, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. The carrier currently serves a global destination network of 133 routes across the world.
“Air Arabia continued its robust growth in the first nine months of this year and while we maintain our expansion and reach across all markets, we remain focused on providing customers with the world’s best value driven air travel while focusing on operational efficiency and cost control,” Al Thani added.