Qatar Airways has reported a internet lack of QAR14.9 billion (US$4.1 billion) for monetary 2020, laying out a full accounting of the Covid-19 pandemic to this point.
The service stated QAR8.Four billion (US$2.three billion) was as a consequence of a one-time impairment cost associated to the grounding of its Airbus A380 and A330 fleets within the wake of the outbreak.
The flag-carrier reported an operational loss at QAR1.1 billion (US$288 million), seven per cent much less in comparison with 2019.
Moreover, the group achieved a major enchancment in EBITDA, which stood at QAR6 billion (US$1.6 billion) in comparison with QAR5 billion (US$1.Four billion) the earlier 12 months.
Reflecting on what has been essentially the most difficult and extraordinary 12 months within the historical past of the airline, Qatar Airways Group chief govt, Akbar Al Baker, stated: “Whereas our rivals grounded their plane and closed their routes, we tailored our complete business operation to answer ever-evolving journey restrictions and by no means stopped flying, working a community our passengers and prospects might depend on.
“With the assist of our different fleet of contemporary, fuel-efficient plane, we had been in a position to make sure that extra of our scheduled flights operated than every other service and fulfilled our mission of taking stranded passengers house, whereas sustaining world provide chains to move medical help and provides important to the battle in opposition to Covid-19.
“We additionally considerably expanded our constitution enterprise as a direct response to elevated demand on this space, offering very important and dependable providers to assist our prospects throughout unsure instances, an effort that was publicly appreciated and acknowledged by many governments and organisations around the globe.”
Cargo has additionally overseen a 4.6 per cent rise in freight tonnes dealt with over the earlier fiscal 12 months, with 2,727,986 tonnes (chargeable weight) dealt with in 2020.
The group additionally made important progress in its ambition to forge new strategic partnerships with a number of main airways, together with American Airways, Air Canada, Alaska Airways and China Southern Airways.
These new alliances, together with an expanded cooperation with a number of current companions, together with JetBlue, Iberia, LATAM, Cathay Pacific and Oman Air, additional strengthened Qatar Airways’ connectivity.