, the country’s favourite carrier, reported a net profit of Rs73.2cr for the quarter ending December 31, 2019, as against Rs55.1cr in the same quarter last year. This profit is after a non-cash forex charge on account of IND‐AS116 of Rs75.9cr without which the profit would have been Rs149.1cr.
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The airline also recorded a 47% rise in the third quarter operational revenue to Rs3,647.1cr as against Rs2,486.8cr for the same quarter last year as the airline added more destinations and expanded its fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft.
For the same comparative period, expenses were Rs3,844.1cr as against Rs2,475.8 cr. On an EBITDA basis, SpiceJet reported a profit of Rs659.2cr. On an EBITDAR basis, the company reported a profit of Rs761.6 cr.
Despite the challenges that the airline is facing in terms of additional costs incurred, compounded by the continued grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft, the airline’s capacity has grown by 59% in 2019. SpiceJet, yet again, excelled on operational parameters to report the highest passenger load factor amongst all airlines in the country all through the quarter. The average domestic load factor for the quarter was 91.9%. SpiceJet has recorded over 90% load factor for 56 successive months.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet has done remarkably well this quarter, despite a substantial profit hit from the grounding of the MAX aircraft, which has impacted our operations and led to additional costs. Despite facing an unprecedented crisis following the grounding of the MAX in March last year, SpiceJet grew by close to 60% in 2019 demonstrating its ability to stand up to a crisis.”
“We were expecting the MAX to return to service by January 2020 but that hasn’t happened. The continued grounding and the delay in its return to service have undoubtedly hit our growth plans adversely and resulted in inefficient operations and increased costs. That said, SpiceJet, expects to grow profitably while maintaining tight control over costs and we look forward to an exciting 2020.”