Based on a 4 percent increase in passengers (29.2m) and overall capacity expansion of 2 percent, Emirates said the improved results were due to capacity optimisation and efficiency initiatives, easing of strong US dollar, and steady business growth.
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The group’s revenue increased by 6 percent, to $13.5bn (AED49.4bn), for the first six months of the financial year, up from $12.7bn (AED46.5bn) during the same period last year.
The group’s air services arm, dnata, reported a 20 percent increase in profit of $180m (AED659m). Emirates Group said dnata handled 330,317 aircraft (up 11%) and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo (up 25%).
Emirates Group chairman and CEO, Sheikh Ahmed, said, “Our margins continue to face strong downward pressure from increased competition, oil prices have risen, and we still face weak economic and uncertain political realities in many parts of the world.
“Yet, the group has improved revenue and profit performance. This speaks to the resilience of our business model, and the agility of our people.”
He said the easing of the strong US dollar against other major currencies helped the group’s profitability.
“We are also seeing the benefit from various initiatives across the company to enhance our capability and efficiency with new technologies and new ways of working,” he said
“Moving forward, we will continue to keep a careful eye on costs while investing to grow our business and provide our customers with world-class products and services.”
Emirates said the group’s employee headcount reduced by 3%, largely a result of “natural attrition together with a slower pace of recruitment”.
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