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Budget carrier SpiceJet on Friday reported seventh straight quarterly profit at Rs 59 crore for July-September — its highest ever.
The 103% jump in net profit in its decade-old history was primarily driven by an increase in operating margins to 24% while cost declined 10%.
"This is (generally) the weakest quarter of the year and despite intense competition in the market, we have performed exceptionally well. We continue to focus on responsible and profitable growth," said Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh in a statement.
The airline's revenue rose 35% to Rs 1,400 crore as its capacity grew 38% during the period.
Its total cost declined 10% over the same quarter last year while average unit fares improved by 5% despite competitive pressure.
"This is the seventh consecutive profitable quarter for us after the challenges faced in December 2014 and the change in management and control," the airline said.
The airline recorded a passenger load factor of 92.3% in the reporting quarter, the highest in the industry. In fact, it has to move at the fastest clip in the past 19 months in a row and the load factor has been in excess of 90% monthly since April 2015.
"We have resolved practically all our legacy issues and the stage is set for building up our cash reserves and finalising our long-term fleet expansion plans," Singh said.
The stock closed at Rs 65.35, up 1.48%, on BSE on Friday.
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