Emirates Airline half-year profit slides 86% on oil hike


Emirates Airline on Thursday posted an 86 per cent drop in half-year profits as the Middle East’s leading carrier was hit by a hike in oil prices and currency devaluations. The Dubai-based airline in a statement its net profit in the six months to September 30 was also impacted by other challenges and expected tough months ahead.

Emirates said it recorded a profit of just $62 million in the first half of the 2018-2019 fiscal year compared with $452 million in the same period last year. “The high fuel cost as well as currency devaluations in markets like India, Brazil, Angola and Iran, wiped approximately 4.6 billion dirhams ($1.25 billion) from our profits,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group.

Emirates, one of the world’s biggest airlines, said fuel costs rose by 42 per cent compared with the same period last year.  Read More

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