Air Arabia approves 10pc cash dividend
Sharjah, March 22, 2010
Sharjah-based budget carrier Air Arabia said its board has given approval for the distribution of a cash dividend of 10 per cent of the company’s share capital to the investors.
The board's decision came at the conclusion of the company's third annual general meeting (AGM) in Sharjah on Monday.
During the AGM, the members approved the report of the company’s auditors for the financial year ending December 31, 2009 besides reviewing the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts of the company for the same period.
Air Arabia’s net profit for the 12 months ending December 31, 2009, stood at Dh452 million, sustaining 2008 strong performance of Dh454 million (excluding exceptional items).
For the full-year 2009, the company registered a turnover of Dh2 billion, down 4.5 per cent from Dh2.066 billion recorded in 2008.
The airline served 4.1 million passengers in 2009, an increase of 14.2 per cent compared to 3.6 million passengers in 2008. Its average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – stood at an extremely impressive 80 per cent.
Finally, the assembly discharged the directors and auditors of the company from liability for the financial year ending December 31, 2009, and appointed auditors for the company for the next fiscal year in order to fix their remuneration.
“We are glad to share Air Arabia’s success with our shareholders by distributing a 10 per cent cash dividend of the company’s share capital for the second consecutive year,” said Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia.
“Last year represented serious challenges to the global aviation sector and led to the industry’s highest loss ever. With the pressure on yields increasing significantly due to continuous overcapacity and volatile oil prices associated with the world’s financial crisis, the year 2010 remains uncertain,' he added.
Al Thani said the airline would continue to focus on its efficient low cost operations in 2010 while utilising its assets as well as providing our customers with the most competitive fares, more destinations and best value for money services.
Ranked first on the Top Performing Companies chart as the best low-cost carrier globally in a study conducted in 2009 by Aviation Week magazine, Air Arabia currently serves 60 destinations across the world from its hubs in Sharjah and Casablanca.-TradeArabia News Service