Strong passenger growth of 2.1 million, load factor up by 4.1 per cent to 78.1 per cent
Jazeera Airways has announced financial results for the first half (1H) of 2023 with total revenues up 26.1% to KD97.85 million and operating profits of KD9.35 million. Net profit for the period was KD6.27 million compared to KD 7.38 million for the same period last year. Profits for the last year also included a “one-off” gain of KD1.73 million from the airline’s sale and lease-back of engines.
With a strong demand for air travel, Jazeera’s passenger traffic showed a 40.9 per cent increase to 2.1 million for the first half of the year. Load factors also increased by 4.1 per cent to reach 78.1 per cent in H1.
Announcing the results, Marwan Boodai, Chairman, Jazeera Airways said: “As we share our positive results for the first half of 2023, we remain optimistic and confident of our performance. Demand for travel is high and we are pleased to see that reflected in the increased passenger traffic as well as consistent load factors. We have introduced several new and attractive destinations and look forward to launching others in the next half of the year. While doing so, we continue to focus on maximising our operational and financial performance through different products, services, and initiatives, in the best interest of all our shareholders, partners and customers.” The Jazeera Airways Board of Directors approved an interim cash dividend of 28 fils per share, a total of KD6.16 million for H1 that reflects the company’s strong cash position.
Second Quarter 2023 Review
In the second quarter of the year, Jazeera considerably expanded its network by adding direct flights to Moscow, Samarkand, Larnaca, Shiraz, Belgrade, Tirana and Tivat. The airline also became the first GCC carrier to fly direct from Kuwait to Sphinx International Airport in Cairo, Egypt making it Jazeera’s seventh destination in the country. Continuing its growth plan, the airline welcomed two additional aircraft to its fleet and has signed an order for more than 2,000 of the world’s lightest aircraft seats to renovate its fleet. With these new seats, each aircraft in the Jazeera fleet will deliver a substantial weight saving of 1.2 metric tons, reduce jet fuel consumption and increase passenger capacity with an additional row of seats. With a focus on improving and enhancing product offerings, Jazeera Airways also introduced online pre-ordering from their Duty Free and On-board shop.
In the second half of the year, Jazeera will be announcing several new routes that will cater to the demands of both business and leisure travellers. By the end of the current financial year, Jazeera Airways will be en route to adding three more aircraft to its fleet. With the additional destinations planned for the rest of the year, these will help serve the airline’s fast-growing network.