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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Abu Dhabi Airport says operating profit gains 65 per cent from January to August 

Operating profit boosted by duty free sales, airport services 

Abu Dhabi Airports' operating profit rose 65 per cent from January to August compared to the same period last year, boosted by higher passenger spending on duty free goods and services Courtesy H.G. Esch
Abu Dhabi Airports' operating profit rose 65 per cent from January to August compared to the same period last year, boosted by higher passenger spending on duty free goods and services Courtesy H.G. Esch

Abu Dhabi Airports said its operating profit rose 65 per cent from January to August compared to the same period last year, boosted by higher passenger spending on duty free goods and other services. The gain comes despite the challenging conditions facing the aviation industry regionally.

"We are very proud of our performance this year," said Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, acting chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

"Abu Dhabi Airports' mission and goals revolve around a highly effective and efficient management of resources and manpower to maintain positive trend in profit growth. Supported by planning a smart and versatile strategy, we were able to turn challenges into opportunities and register record achievements in all aspects of our business."

Abu Dhabi Airports, owned wholly by the government of Abu Dhabi, didn't give the value of the operating profit, nor did it give net profit for the period. The company said that operating expenditure rose 11 per cent in the January to August period compared to the same period last year as the management spent on operational requirements as well as a rise in third party services.

"Abu Dhabi Airports is committed to utilizing all resources and manpower available to increase its efficiency and profitability," Mr. Al Khoori said.

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Etihad, Abu Dhabi's flagship carrier, said in July it recorded a US$1.87 billion loss in 2016 after a one-off impairment on aircraft and equity investments in partner airlines Alitalia and AirBerlin outweighed growth of passengers to a record.

The airline said an increase in competition in the airline business globally as well as slowdown in economic growth regionally also weighed on results in addition to losses related to fuel hedging.

Despite those challenges, however, passengers carried by the airline rose to 18.5 million last year and total revenues fell only marginally to $8.36bn last year from $9bn in 2015.