Air Arabia’s net profit for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2013, stood at AED 94 million, up 12 per cent compared to AED 84 million reported in 2012. The airline’s turnover for the last quarter 2013 was AED 811 million, an increase of 8 per cent compared to AED 753 million reported for the same period in 2012. The airline carried over 1.5 million passengers in fourth quarter of this year, an increase of 15 per cent compared to last quarter of 2013.
Commenting on the results, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia, said: “Air Arabia has enjoyed consistent and sustained growth since launching operations back in October 2003, and our performance in the year of our tenth anniversary was no exception. The network expansion strategy which has guided the airline for a decade continued to reap rewards in 2013, helping us to once again deliver a strong set of results”.
For the full year 2013, the airline reported a net profit of AED 435 million, an increase of 2 per cent compared to the same period of 2012. Turnover for the full year ending December 31, 2013, stood at AED 3.2 billion, up 14 per cent compared to the same period in 2012. More than 6.1 million passengers flew with Air Arabia in 2013, a 15 per cent increase compared to 5.3 million passenger carried in 2012. The airline’s seat load factor– or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – for the full year ending December 31, 2013, stood at impressive 80 per cent.
Air Arabia added 8 destinations to its network in 2013, including Yerevan in Armenia; Lar and Mashhad in Iran; Baghdad in Iraq; Sialkot in Pakistan; Abha, Ha’il and Hofuf in Saudi Arabia. The airline took delivery of seven new A320 aircraft from Airbus in 2013, bringing its total fleet size to 35.