Aegean Airlines profitable as sales jump in Q2

Aegean Airlines profitable as sales jump in Q2

Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest carrier, returned to profit in the second quarter after losses in the same period a year earlier with sales rebounding strongly as passenger traffic recovered from pandemic travel restrictions.

Aegean, a member of the Star Alliance airlines group, reported a net profit of 10.8 million euros  in the April-to-June period compared with a loss of 33.9 million in the second quarter of 2021. Sales jumped 201% to 327.3 million euros.

Chief Executive Dimitris Gerogiannis said the strong desire to travel after two years of COVID-19-related restrictions contributed to a robust rebound in passenger traffic.

“Despite the cost of fuel we returned to profitability from the second quarter, before the always-stronger third quarter. This continued in the summer months as we boosted load factors to 84% in July to August,” Gerogiannis said.

Aegean’s performance in the summer months boosts the expected earnings for the year as a whole, he said.

The airline flew 3.3 million passengers in the second quarter, with its load factor – a key industry measure of filled seats – improving to 79.2% from 55.8% in the same period last year.

Aegean’s cash reserves at the end of June stood at 602.1 million euros. [Reuters]

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