Dubai: Emirates Group full-year profit grew by 50 per cent to a record high in 2015-2016 as low oil prices slashed operating costs at the world’s largest international airline.

Profit rose to Dh8.2 billion ($2.2 billion) in the 12 months to March 31, up from Dh5.5 billion in the previous year, Emirates said on Tuesday.

It is the Group’s 28th consecutive year of profitability and its highest ever profit. Revenue declined 3 per cent to Dh92.9 billion under pressure from the strong dollar.

“The US dollar continued to rise strongly against currencies in most of our key markets,” Chairman and Chief Executive Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said at Emirates headquarters in Dubai.

The strong dollar had a “Dh6 billion impact on the airline revenue and a Dh4.2 billion impact on the airline bottom line,” Shaikh Ahmad said.

Emirates airline recorded its strongest ever profit with a 56 per cent increase to Dh7.1 billion though revenue fell by 4 per cent to Dh85 billion, largely due to the dollar… see more

source: gulfnews