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China Southern Airlines profit falls 11.6%
    2017-August-31  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA Southern Airlines yesterday posted a 11.6 percent fall in first-half profit, as foreign exchange gains failed to offset the impact of higher fuel prices and lower returns on international flights.

China’s largest airline by passenger numbers posted net profit attributable to shareholders of 2.77 billion yuan (US$420.08 million) over the six months to June, on an 11.5 percent increase in revenue to 60.3 billion yuan.

Passenger yields fell 2 percent, dragged down by a 7.5 percent drop on international routes, even as revenue per kilometer rose 12.5 percent. Cargo yields rose 13.9 percent due to a resurgence in cargo traffic globally.

The company said it expected the number of passengers travelling outbound from China to exceed 140 million in the second half of 2017, an increase of 14.8 percent.

The Guangzhou-based carrier is experiencing pressure on international yields as it has expanded capacity rapidly in recent years while it has also cut lucrative routes to South Korea.

The cost of jet fuel rose 28 percent over the first half, according to analysts from brokerage UOB Kay Hian.

Such factors have dampened the benefits of the yuan’s appreciation against the U.S. dollar this year. Last year, Chinese airline profits were hamstrung by a weak yuan given the fact that carriers had taken many U.S. dollar-denominated loans to buy planes as part of ambitious fleet expansion plans.

In the first half of 2017, Air China Ltd., China Eastern Airlines Corp. and China Southern Airlines Co. increased international seats at less than half the pace of the same period last year, according to data from the carriers.

The pullback on overseas routes may be a sign that domestic airlines are eschewing aggressive expansion and paring cheaper tickets on long-haul flights from smaller cities to destinations like New York and Sydney. (SD-Agencies)

 

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