Spicejet bounces back, posts Rs 102 cr net profit for Q3
As of December, the airline controlled 19.2 per cent of the domestic passenger market share, which was 16.80 per cent a year ago.
As ticket prices remained high during the quarter, the Chennai-based carrier said its average passenger yields rose a full 29 per cent, thanks partly to the grounding of its rival and once the second largest airline Kingfisher Airlines.
This brought 37 per cent revenue spike from operations to Rs 1,603 crore compared to Rs 1,173 crore a year ago.
The yields from passengers rose to Rs 4,412, up 29 per cent from Rs 3,421 a year ago, significantly boosting profit.
The news sent its shares rallying as much as 7.6 per cent on the BSE and settled today gaining 5.01 per cent at Rs 46.15.
Describing the numbers as "quite robust," Chief Executive Niel Mills told PTI that the airline focus on better revenue realisation from operations and route rationalisation helped it report healthy numbers.
Another reason is the better fleet optimisation and an altered route mix (thanks to more international flights) coupled with higher yields, fuel cost as a proportion fell to 45 per cent of the total revenue in the current quarter as against 50 per cent a year ago, Mills said.
"Also, diversification into newer markets helped us secure revenues and higher yields.