AirAsia India Oct-Dec loss narrows to ₹123 cr

PTI Mumbai | Updated on March 01, 2020

Revenue grew on the back of a 38 per cent increase in capacity and 19 per cent rise in the average fare.

Budget carrier AirAsia India narrowed its loss to ₹123.35 crore in three months to December from ₹166.15 crore in Q4FY18 owing to higher fuel and staff costs coupled with increased user charges and other related expenses, as per a company presentation.

The Bengaluru-based airline, which is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Malaysian airlines group AirAsia’s investment arm, AirAsia Investment Ltd, follows January-December financial year.

Total revenue during December quarter jumped 65 per cent to ₹1,057.55 crore as compared with ₹641.17 crore in the same period of the financial year 2018, aided by higher average fare and capacity, the airline said.

Revenue grew on the back of a 38 per cent increase in capacity and 19 per cent rise in the average fare.

For the full fiscal, the airline reported around 6 per cent lower losses at ₹597 crore as against ₹633.61 crore posted in FY’2018.

“AirAsia India continues to undertake continuous improvement projects to save costs on fuel. Overall Q4FY19 loss before tax narrowed to ₹1,233.6 million (₹123.36 crore) compared to ₹1,661.5 million (₹166.15 crore) in the same quarter last year,” the company said.

Its expenses also increased in tandem with the rise in revenue, it said, adding that staff costs increased 77 per cent to ₹164.73 crore due to additional operational staff for an increased number of aircraft and also forward hiring to cater to additional aircraft to be inducted in the first half of 2020.

AirAsia India flew 39 per cent more passengers at 26.85 lakh during the quarter with a load factor of 87 per cent as compared with 19.33 lakh passengers and 86 per cent load factor in December quarter of 2018.

Load or seat factor is a measure of how much of an airline’s passenger carrying capacity is used or the average percentage of seats filled in an aircraft.

The airline added nine new planes to take its fleet size to 28 aircraft during the quarter as against 19 aircraft in December quarter of 2018, as per the presentation.

Published on March 01, 2020

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