Thursday, November 28, 2019

AirAsia remains in the red due to forex losses

Budget carrier AirAsia Group Bhd has remained in the red for the second successive quarter this year with a third quarter loss of RM51.44 million, due to foreign exchange (forex) volatility for the period amounting to RM206.3 million.

AirAsia said in a statement that the decline was also attributed to fair value loss on derivatives and net off against gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment for RM92.1 million.

This was partially offset by a one-time gain from disposal of its investment in an associate for RM170.8 million.

Revenue for the quarter, however, increased by over 17% to RM3.07 billion from RM2.61 billion the year prior on two million additional total passengers carried for the three months ended Sept 30, 2019 (3Q19), and a slight increase in revenue per available seat kilometre to 15.02 sen from 14.83 sen.

The airline’s capacity grew by 10% each in Malaysia and India for the quarter, with the Philippines recording the highest capacity growth at 19%.

This helped increase unit passenger revenue for AirAsia India Ltd (AAI) and Philippines AirAsia Inc (PAA) by 1% and 3% respectively, although its Malaysia operations showed a 5% decline.
28/11/19 Malaysian Reserve
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