JetAirways reported a 91 % on Thursday year-on-year fall in net profit for the quarter ended 30 September, 2017, on account of higher expenses and a decline in other income.
The private carrier’s net profit on a standalone basis stood at Rs 49.6 crore, as against Rs 549 crore in the same quarter last year.
Its revenue from operations grew a modest 3 per cent to Rs 5,626 crore, but a 58 % decline in other income led to the sharp fall in profit.
In the second quarter of 2016-17, the airline had posted a profit of Rs 190 crore from the sale and lease of aircraft as other income, which fell to zero in Q2FY18.
Foreign currency fluctuation loss and impairment loss of Rs 56.57 crore on account of loans to its subsidiary JetLite also contributed to the decline.
The airline’s profit came below Bloomberg estimates, which had pegged it at Rs 99 crore.
Jet’s performance is in contrast to its listed peers IndiGo and SpiceJet, which saw fourfold and 79 % rise, respectively, in their net profit.
Vinay Dube, chief executive officer, Jet Airways, said, “Weak demand in the Gulf continues, while low fares as well as yields in the domestic market have limited the ability to offset the increase in fuel prices.
In line with our commitment to offer guests a superior experience, we continue to grow our domestic presence while keeping a tight control on costs.”
Jet Airways said it also derived significant operational and business advantages via synergies with its strategic partner Etihad Airways, besides other codeshare partnerships.