SHANGHAI, 31 August 2015: Air China, the country’s flag carrier, said its net profit surged more than 720% year-on-year in the first half of 2015, supported by lower fuel prices.
The company made net profits of 4.19 billion yuan (USD655 million) in the first half, up strongly from 510.37 million yuan in the same period last year, it said in a statement filed to the Hong Kong stock exchange late Thursday.
“The global aviation industry was generally healthy with sustained growth in demand and relatively low fuel prices,” Air China said, adding a recovery in the world economy and a “steady” Chinese economy supported the company.
China’s growth is actually slowing. The economy expanded 7% in each of the first two quarters of this year, lower than the 7.4 % growth last year, which was its weakest since 1990.
Air China carried 43.67 million passengers in the first half, up 8.79% from the same period last year, it said.
The airline’s stock gained 8.90% in Shanghai trading but closed 4% down in Hong Kong on Friday after the results announcement.
Another of the country’s biggest carriers, China Southern Airlines, on Friday reported a net profit in the first half of 3.48 billion yuan, according to a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, having made a net loss of 1.06 billion yuan in the same period last year.
The airline, based in the southern city of Guangzhou, credited lower fuel and economic improvements for the turnaround.
China Southern shares jumped 8.05% in Shanghai but dropped 1.95% in Hong Kong before the results announcement.
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