In Brief

Air Arabia registers profit in first quarter

AIR ARABIA (PJSC), the Middle East & North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, reported a profitable first quarter (January to March) 2021 despite Covid-19 continued impact on the aviation’s industry financial and operational performance.

Air Arabia reported a net profit of $9.25 million (Dh34 million) for the three months ending March 31, 2021, 52 per cent less than the corresponding 2020 figure of AED 71 million. In the same period, the airline posted a turnover of AED 572 million, 37 per cent less than the corresponding first quarter of last year. More than 1.3 million passengers flew with Air Arabia between January and March 2021 across the carrier’s five hubs while the airline’s average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – during the first three months of 2021 maintained a high average and stood at 77 per cent.

Air Arabia managed to register a profitable first quarter despite Covid-19 pandemic continuous impact on the industry’s bottom-line.


Jazeera Airways’ operating revenue hits $27m

KUWAITI budget carrier Jazeera Airways has reported an operating revenue of KD8.1 million ($27 million) for the first quarter. The airline’s load factor stood at 58.4 per cent, while yield increased by 105.2 per cent to KD75 million.

Announcing the results for the three-month period ending March 31, Jazeera said the airline registered a net loss of KD5.2 million; an improvement of 14 per cent from a net loss of KD6 million in the first quarter of 2020.

The number of passengers flown during the quarter reached 104,116, down from 496,484 in the first quarter of 2020, as restrictions continue at Kuwait International Airport. The airline’s load factor stood at 58.4 per cent, while yield increased by 105.2 per cent to KD74.9 million, it added.

Commercial flights from 35 countries continue to be suspended at Kuwait International Airport, while arrival capacity at the airport has been limited to only 1,000 Kuwaiti nationals per day since February 7.


KLM wins award for safety

KLM has been awarded the APEX Diamond Award Health Safety. This award is the highest possible level of certification for airlines in the area of health and safety. KLM is the second European airline to receive this Diamond certification, after Virgin Atlantic.

APEX Health Safety (the Airline Passengers Experience Association) aims to encourage airlines to take on a proactive role in the safe resumption of global travel and to create a common standard for passenger health and hygiene during travel. APEX Health Safety sets the industry standard for customer-centric Covid-19 certification. “It is a commendable achievement that will be recognised by your customers and that will position you as a leader in health and hygiene,” the APEX report states.

APEX was founded 42 years ago and has since developed into a renowned research and evaluation organisation in the field of airline passenger experience. When the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, APEX created the Health Safety Award.


Wizz Air Abu Dhabi offers PCR testing discount

WIZZ Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that it will offer discounts on PCR testing for those travelling with the airline.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has partnered with Life Diagnostics to offer a discounted rate on Covid-19 PCR tests, applicable to all passengers upon showing their Wizz Air flight ticket. Passengers can also request a home visit service to be tested in the comfort of their homes or offices, subject to additional charges. Appointments can be booked at eight different centres to take the PCR test and will receive their results within 24 - 48 hours. The price of the tests will be $14.97 (Dh55) in Abu Dhabi and $32.67 (Dh120) in Dubai.

Tickets to Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s 18 destinations are available on with fares starting as low as $35.12 (Dh129).