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IAG mantém tendência e regista lucros de 77ME até setembro


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IAG mantém tendência e regista lucros de 77ME até setembro

 

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08 Nov, 2013, 08:46

 

O IAG, resultante da fusão da Iberia com a British Airways obteve lucros de 77 milhões de euros nos primeiros nove meses do ano, mantendo assim a tendência de lucros que começou no segundo trimestre do ano.

As receitas do IAG (Internacional Airlines Group) cresceram 3,9% para 14.113 milhões de euros, segundo a informação remetida à Comissão Nacional de Mercado de Valores (CNMV).

 

O aumento de 20 ME de lucros (face aos 57 ME obtidos nos primeiros nove meses de 2012) deveu-se, em parte, ao contributo da Vueling, cujas contas não tinham sido ainda incorporadas no ano passado.

 

A nível das receitas o crescimento do grupo aéreo foi de 3,9% para 14.113 milhões de euros, com um aumento das receitas unitárias por bilhete de 2,3%.

 

O lucro das operações "antes de medidas excecionais" ascenderam a 657 milhões de euros, muto acima dos 17 milhões dos nove primeiros meses de 2012.

 

"Este é o primeiro trimestre completo em que incluímos os resultados da Vueling", explica, numa nota, o conselheiro delegado do grupo, Willie Walsh, que destacou o contributo da low-cost "graças aos seus menores custos e à sua estratégia comercial com êxito".

 

Neste sentido Walsh referiu-se ao "grande impulso ao turismo em Barcelona, que a Vueling foi capaz de aproveitar devido à sua posição de liderança no aeroporto da cidade".

 

Na documentação remetida á CNMV o IAG explica que até setembro transportou 56,7 milhões de passageiros, um crescimento comparável de 1,8% face a igual período do ano passado.

 

A taxa de ocupação também melhorou ligeiramente, em 0,7 pontos percentuais, para 81,4%.

 

Valores conseguidos apesar da queda de 6,6% no número de passageiros transportados no mercado doméstico em Espanha, compensados pelo aumento de 9,1% no número de passageiros na América do Norte.

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Gwyn Topham, transport correspondent

theguardian.com, Friday 8 November 2013 12.32 GMT

 

Iberia will return to profit next year, IAG predicts

International Airlines Group expects struggling Spanish carrier Iberia to make a full-year profit in 2014

 

 

Spain's flagship Iberia airline. Photograph: Sergio Perez/REUTERS

British Airways's struggling sister airline, the Spanish carrier Iberia, will return to full-year profit in 2014, according to parent company International Airlines Group.

 

Iberia moved into modest profit over the summer as IAG reported increased overall profits, bolstered significantly by its new acquisition, the Spanish budget carrier Vueling. While Iberia turned a profit of €74m (£61m) for the third quarter of 2013, in what is traditionally the busiest three months for airlines, Vueling contributed €139m at a startling margin of 25%.

 

Willie Walsh, the IAG chief executive, said Iberia's improved performance came in the strongest quarter of the year. "However, the airline must continue to implement its restructuring plan and reach agreement on productivity changes to bring about long term sustainable profits and growth." Walsh said Iberia would make a full-year profit in 2014.

 

Around 2,700 jobs at Iberia will go by the end of this year, with further redundancies stretching into 2015, as talks continue with unions.

 

BA made €477m, up more than €200m from the same period last year when revenue dipped during the 2012 London Olympics.

 

Vueling's full quarter results were included for the first in the group's accounts, sending IAG's operating profit up to €690m. Walsh said that the Barcelona-based low-cost carrier had been very successful in both adding capacity and growing traffic, with more seats being filled even as available seats grew 22%.

 

Walsh claimed that Vueling was thriving due to being more efficient than rivals easyJet in costs and offering very different service to Ryanair. He said that in contrast to the Irish airline it had "a friendly image and friendly service culture".

 

In an apparent reference to the analysis offered by Ryanair's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, he added: "I don't think that you could have achieved those results in an environment quite as weak as some people would have you believe,

 

IAG announced on Thursday that it has streamlined its management teams with BA and Iberia's bosses leaving the IAG board to concentrate on running the individual airlines. BA's chief executive, Keith Williams, will also become the airline's chairman, while Iberia's chief executive will likewise become chair of the Spanish airline. The current chairmen, Sir Martin Broughton and Antonio Vázquez, will step down from the respective airlines' boards in January to continue exclusively in the roles at group level.

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