SHARJAH, Air Arabia (PJSC), the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) first and largest low-cost carrier operator, today reported a strong profit in first quarter of 2022, as recovery in demand for air travel continued.
The profit, valued at AED 291 million, is an increase of 756 percent compared to AED 34 million registered in Q1 2021. In the same period, the airline posted a turnover of AED 1.12 billion, a 97 percent increase in turnover compared to the first quarter of last year.
The financial and operational results achieved in the first quarter were backed by the continuous recovery in demand for air travel. More than 2.4 million passengers flew with Air Arabia between January and March, 2022, across the carrier’s five hubs, marking an 86 percent increase compared to a total of 1.3 million passengers carried in the first quarter of last year. The airline’s average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – during the first three months of 2022, stood at an impressive 79 percent, up four percent compared to the same period last year.
Commenting on the results, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia, said, “The strong performance we witnessed last year continued in the first quarter of 2022 and was supported by higher customer demand for Air Arabia’s value driven product, as well as rigid cost control measures that the airline took since the start of the pandemic”.
“We have continued with our network expansion strategy in the first quarter of this year by adding new routes and new frequencies across all operating hubs as well as continuing with preparations for the launch of our new ventures in Armenia and Pakistan,” he added, noting that Air Arabia added four new routes from its operating hubs in the UAE, Morocco, and Egypt the first three months of 2022 and fully resumed its city check-in across the UAE. Air Arabia Group also unveiled the brand identity of its latest two ventures ‘Fly Arna’ and ‘Fly Jinnah’ in Armenia and Pakistan respectively.
“In addition to the lasting impact of COVID-19 on global aviation, the industry continues to face geo-political challenges, higher oil prices and uncertainty towards full economic recovery. Although all these challenges are of a changing nature, we have full confidence in the business model that we operate, the strength of the aviation industry worldwide, as well as its role in supporting regional and global economic recovery,” Al Thani concluded.
Source: Emirates News Agency