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  • AI Express records highest-ever annual profit at Rs 413 cr

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20:4 HRS IST

Mumbai, Oct 28 (PTI) Air India Express on Wednesday reported its highest-ever annual net profit of Rs 412.77 crore for the financial year ended March 2020 as higher operating revenue and passenger volume helped bolster the bottom line of the budget carrier

The Kochi-based airline, which is up for sale along with its parent Air India, had posted a net profit of Rs 169 crore in 2018-19 fiscal, according to a release

The carrier, which began commercial operations in April 2005, has been reporting net profit continuously for the last five years

"Air India Express has reported its highest ever net profit of Rs 412.77 crore in the financial year 2019-20 as per the audited accounts approved by the airline's Board of Directors on ?October 27," the release said

Despite adverse market conditions due to onset of COVID-19 during the last quarter of 2019-20 fiscal, the airline's operating revenues grew by over 25 per cent to Rs 5,219 crore from Rs?4,172 crore in the year-ago period, it added

During the last financial year, Air India Express flew 11 per cent more passengers at 4.84 ?million?as against 4.36 million passengers in 2018-19 fiscal while Passenger Load Factor (PLF) rose to 5 per cent

According to the release, about 4.66 million of these passengers travelled on international sectors, taking the airline's share of traffic to/ from India to 7.1 per cent in the previous fiscal. The same stood at 6.5 per cent in 2018-19 fiscal

PLF or seat factor is a measure of how much of an airline's passenger carrying capacity is used or average percentage of seats filled in an aircraft

Air India Express also said it increased capacity by six per cent in the last fiscal compared to the year-ago period

"Efficient utilisation of assets in terms of aircraft, manpower and materials and enhanced operational efficiency in key areas have significantly contributed to the record profits," Air India Express CEO K Shyam Sundar said.

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