Caribbean Airlines, Guyana’s national flag carrier, has moved into an operating profit having secured a ‘net income positive’ status for the past year.
This has been deduced from a summary of the airline’s unaudited financial results.
The unaudited accounts for the fiscal year ending December 2018 show Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) of positive TT$111m comprising of TT$158m on international and other operations, and negative TT$47m on the domestic air bridge. The combined net income resulted in an overall figure of TT$42m, comprising of $TT109m on the international and other operations and a net loss of $TT67m on the air bridge.
Total year-to-date revenues showed an improvement of 11% year-on-year of TT$292M. Fuel of TT$597m was a major expenditure for the same period, compared to TT$471m in 2017 resulting in a year-on-year increase of TT$126m, driven by a WTI (West Texas Intermediate) Oil price of US$64.94 per barrel from WTI US$50.88 per barrel in 2017.
Commenting on the notable achievement, Caribbean Airlines Chairman Mr. S. Ronnie Mohammed stated, “With the continuous improvement of our technological footprint and the meticulous, hard work of our employees, Caribbean Airlines is happy to confirm that it was able to record an operating profit in 2018 in contrast to a loss just two years ago. We consider this an exceptional achievement for our airline and for the Caribbean. The Board of Directors will continue to support the management team towards the sustainability of this commercial success in 2019 and beyond. We thank our employees for their dedication and our customers for their loyal support.”
The airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Garvin Medera, praised the Caribbean Airlines Team and noted, “The significant improvement in the financial results in 2018 is attributable in large part to our focus on an improved experience for customers, more efficient use of resources and better utilisation of the route network. Profitability gives us a strong foundation to develop the business further, including improved training and support for our employees, a refreshed brand, added enhancements to the customer experience, and more advances in the use of technology, both inside the business and customer facing. By making the right investments now, we can yield extremely positive long-term results.”