Air Arabia (PJSC), the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, announced its financial results for the full year 2012, demonstrating steady growth and solid financial performance.
For the full year ending December 31, 2012; Air Arabia reported a solid net profit of Dhs425m, beating analysts forecast and registering an increase of 55% compared to Dhs274m reported for the same period in 2011.
The airline’s turnover for the full year 2012 stood at Dhs2.9bn, an increase of 21% as compared to Dhs2.4bn registered in 2011.
Air Arabia carried over 5.3m passengers in 2012, registering a 13% increase compared to 4.7m passengers in 2011. The carrier’s seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – stood at impressive 82% for the full year ending December 31, 2012.
Following the impressive results, Board of Directors of Air Arabia have proposed a dividend distribution of 7% of capital, which is equivalent to 7 fils per share. This proposal is subject to ratification by the shareholders of Air Arabia at the company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia, attributed the strong financial results to airline’s rapid expansion plans in 2012 and the efficiency of its operations.
He said, “As these results signify, Air Arabia continued to demonstrate its concerted efforts to enter into new markets and launch new ventures, while enabling more people to fly efficiently and affordably. The year 2012 saw Air Arabia expand its global network by entering new markets, taking more aircraft deliveries as well as offering its customers wider product offerings and services.”
Meanwhile, Air Arabia’s fourth quarter net profit stood at Dhs83m, increase of 6% compared to Dhs78m in 2011. The fourth quarter turnover reached Dhs755m, representing an increase of 18% compared to Dhs638m reported for the same period in 2011.
Sheikh Al Thani continued, “With market conditions rebounding, the airline is fully confident in its ability to unlock opportunities for the low-cost model, which is pioneered by Air Arabia. As we continue to focus on expansion plans, we remain committed to making air travel accessible to our customers in the wider Arab region.”
Air Arabia, which now operates flights to 82 destinations from three regional hubs; introduced nine new destination in 2012 from its primary hub in Sharjah – Kazan, Taif, Salalah, Ufa, Odessa, Erbil, Astana, Basra and Rostov. In addition, the airline has continued its expansion from its hubs in Morocco and Egypt, reaching a global network of 82 destinations.
Air Arabia took delivery of six new A320 aircraft from Airbus in 2012 as part of an order for 44 aircraft placed in 2007. Air Arabia is expected to take delivery of another six new aircraft in 2012. Over the past 12 months, Air Arabia continued to be recognised for its LCC market leadership, winning the ‘World’s Second Best Performing Airline’ at Aviation Week’s annual top-performing Airlines.