Air Astana has declared an unaudited net profit
for 2018 of US$5.3 million.
Total airline revenue rose by 10% to US$840.8
Capacity as measured in ASKs rose by 5%
and total passenger numbers by 3%, to 4.3 million.
Transit business via the airline’s Astana
and Almaty hubs rose by 48%, and now represents close to 40% of
total international traffic.
Operating costs rose by 14%, driven mainly
by an average jet fuel price increase of 27.5%.
Commenting on the results, Peter Foster, Air
Astana President and CEO, said, “2018 was a challenging year to
due to higher-priced fuel, and pressure on international yields
and domestic market share due to competitive capacity increases on
Looking forward, Foster noted a fuel price
reduction of 16% from its peak in June 2018, and pointed also to
the expected May launch of its low-cost unit,
low-cost airline is a great business opportunity on domestic and
shorter regional routes. The travelling public will be delighted
by the low fares we have in store, as long as the government
facilitates the legislative changes required to enable FlyArystan
to launch,” Peter said.
Air Astana currently operates flights to over 60
domestic and international routes with a fleet of Boeing 767/757,
Airbus A320 Family aircraft including A320neo and A321neo and
Embraer E190 / E190-E2 aircraft.
The airline is a joint venture between
Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna, and BAE Systems,
with respective shares of 51% and 49%.