Sunday 26 May, 2019

Increased profitability for CAL despite challenges

Caribbean Airlines continues to show profitability despite losses on the airbridge and rising fuel prices.

The airline said a reported a summary of its unaudited financial results, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, 
show the airline has moved into an operating profit and is net income positive for the year-to-date.

The unaudited accounts for the nine months to September 30 show Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) of positive TT$96m. That comprises TT$118m on international and other operations and negative TT$22m on the domestic air bridge.

The airline’s total net income of TT$48m comprises TT$83m on international and other operations and a loss of TT$35m on the air bridge.

Year-to-date total revenues showed a 15 percent year-on-year improvement of TT$291M.

Fuel was a major expenditure for the same period costing TT$450.4 million compared to TT$345.5 million in 2017 resulting in a year-on-year increase of TT$104.9 million.

In a statement, Caribbean Airlines said its improved performance has been achieved despite the aforementioned losses on the air bridge which continue to occur. Since 2005, the adult fare on the air bridge has been fixed at $150 one way, irrespective of rising fuel costs, for which the airline receives no subsidy.

"The actual break-even fare on the air bridge is $300 one-way. Of that sum, the passenger currently pays $150, the Government subsidy to the adult passenger only is $50 (children receive no subsidy from the Government) and Caribbean Airlines absorbs the loss for the remaining $100 or $150 depending on if the passenger is a child but occupying a seat." the airline said.

With respect to the improved performance, Ronnie Mohammed, Chairman, Caribbean Airlines, stated: “This is an exceptional achievement for Caribbean Airlines, particularly against a headwind of higher oil prices and our increased support of the domestic operations. We consider this to be great news for the Caribbean Region, driven by the team’s high level of professionalism, efficiency and customer focus”.

Garvin Medera, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Airlines said: “This success is a testimony to the commitment of our employees and to the loyalty of our customers, who support us throughout the network. There is still more to do to build on this foundation, particularly as we enter a traditionally challenging time of year.”

Other highlights for the period January to September 2018:

Improved cargo and freighter revenue and profit

Increased passenger numbers and load factors on many key routes

Launched new products, features and services including Caribbean View, Caribbean Upgrade, Caribbean Plus, Caribbean Explorer, online Caribbean Miles redemption, Online Webchat, WhatsApp Chat, and Caribbean Café

Introduced New services from Port-of-Spain to Cuba and from St. Vincent to New York

Developed New Cargo website

Executed interline ticketing with Hainan Airlines

Introduced online interline bookings with three Regional Partners

Caribbean Airlines has ranked 25th out of 164 global airlines for September 2018, for on-time performance by the OAG (Official Aviation Guide) Star Ranking.

Voted as winner of ‘Caribbean’s Leading Airline’ for the eighth consecutive year and was also selected as the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Airline Brand 2018’

Air-Bridge Performance: Total Flights Operated: 11,372; Total Seats Provided: 805,233 and Total Passengers carried: 716,299

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