SpiceJet Q2 profit jumps to Rs 59 cr; 100-plane order soon

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New Delhi, November 26
Remaining profitable for the seventh straight quarter, SpiceJet on Friday reported its highest-ever quarterly profit of Rs 59 crore in July-September and is in final stages of placing order for nearly 100 planes.
The good show of the no-frills airline, which has been registering over 90 per cent load factor for more than a year, primarily came on the back of higher operating margins and lower costs.
SpiceJet’s latest quarterly profit — the highest in its decade-old history — marks an increase of 103 per cent from Rs 29 crore in the year-ago period. “This is (generally) the weakest quarter of the year and despite intense competition in the market, we have performed exceptionally well. We continue to focus on responsible and profitable growth,” said Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh in a statement. The airline’s revenue rose 35 per cent to Rs 1,400 crore as its capacity grew 38 per cent during the period.Total cost declined 10 per cent over the same quarter last year while average unit fare improved by 5 per cent despite competitive pressure.
This is the seventh consecutive profitable quarter after the challenges in December 2014 and the change in management and control, SpiceJet said.
“We have resolved practically all our legacy issues and the stage is set for building up our cash reserves and finalising our long-term fleet expansion plans,”
Singh said.
During a conference call with reporters today, he said the airline expects to place order for around 100 aircraft soon.

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