Tuesday 21 May 2019

Jazeera Airways operating revenue up 45.5pc in 2018

KUWAIT, February 20, 2019

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways has reported a 45.5 per cent growth in operating revenue and a record increase of 42.8 per cent in passenger numbers in 2018 when compared to figures posted in 2017.

The company’s adjusted net profit stood at KD8.7 million ($28.5 million) in 2018 while its reported net profit came in at KD6.7 million ($21.9 million) taking into account the impact of the irregular disruptions that took place during the year and the contribution of the terminal which opened in May 2018 but did not have any impact on the comparable year.

Adjusted operating profit was recorded at KD8.8 million ($28.8 million), up 13.9 per cent from 2017.

Passenger numbers registered in 2018 totalled 2.0 million and load factor was 75.2 per cent, up from 73.9 per cent in 2017.

Jazeera Airways chairman, Marwan Boodai, said: “2018 was another milestone year for Jazeera Airways as it continued to expand its network by adding seven popular destinations to serve a growing customer-base, especially in the Indian sub-continent. The expansion has enabled Jazeera Airways to grow from carrying passengers point to point to and from Kuwait, to routing passengers through the Kuwait hub to their ultimate destinations. Supporting the expansion, we took delivery of the first A320neo in the Middle East and made an order for an additional three of the fuel-saving engine aircraft. Choosing Jazeera Airways as the first airline to receive the new model in the region is proof of the confidence that major manufacturers and lessors have in the company backed by its exceptionally strong financial position and superior track record."

“We also achieved another important milestone in the development of our business model, which is the inauguration of our dedicated terminal at Kuwait International Airport; a significant game-changer for our operations and customer experience. We are now able to invest in and roll-out new customer-centric services that have started to show direct results in customer satisfaction and also in the bottom line.”

Since it started operations in May 2018, all Jazeera Airways passengers flew from the new “Jazeera Terminal”, which carried more than 1.2 million passengers since its inauguration. The Duty Free and other retail shops started operations while other services inside the terminal are consistently being added to further improve on customer experience.

During the year, Jazeera Airways was recertified by the Iata Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Program, an international recognition of our operational management and control systems.

The new destinations launched by Jazeera Airways are a testament of the success of its expansionary model as the airline managed to acquire leading market shares on new routes launched throughout 2018, leading with 43 per cent market share on Kuwait-Tiblisi, 42 per cent on Kuwait-Ahmedabad, 27 per cent on Kuwait-Kochi and 25 per cent on Kuwait-Lahore. Further, the airline operated its new route between Kuwait and New Delhi in the last two weeks of the year.

Fuel prices fluctuated considerably in 2018 with Brent reaching a peak of $86 per barrel. On average, the price of fuel was 30 per cent higher than that of 2017. Along with this, the regional competitive landscape remained strong and highly competitive. Our local market, however, witnessed some great developments with the number of travellers increasing by 8 per cent over the comparable period.

Boodai concluded: “Jazeera Airways remained resilient despite these challenges and maintained zero debt by year-end. We look forward to 2019 to continue expanding our network to new destinations in Europe, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Gulf. The expansion will be supported with the delivery of three new A320neo aircraft, as part of a plan to increase our fleet in the coming years.”

Jazeera Airways flies to 27 popular destinations across the Middle East, India and Europe comprising high-demand business, leisure, family and weekend destinations such as Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Alexandria, Amman, Istanbul, Sharm El Sheikh, Assiut, Luxor, Mashhad, and many more.

The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320s and an Airbus A320neo, the first to be operated in the Middle East. - TradeArabia News Service


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