SriLankan posts net profit in December 2021 | Sunday Observer

SriLankan posts net profit in December 2021

16 January, 2022

SriLankan Airlines reported a profit of USD 9.25 million and a Group profit of USD 10.66 million for December 2021, which is the first profitable month for the airline since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, a company media release stated last week.

Revenue grew by almost 200% compared with the corresponding period last year and has reached over 80% of the pre-pandemic level.

The airline reported a profit of USD 11.43 million for December 2021 at air transportation level, which is the highest recorded profit from air transportation in over 20 years.

“The sacrifices made by all our staff members have paved the way for a positive start for the New Year. During the past two years, we implemented multifaceted initiatives to reduce operational costs, for which each and every employee of the SriLankan family contributed, and we are reaping the benefits of our efforts today,” said SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage.

“The future, however, remains extremely challenging with the spread of the new variant of the virus and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and take necessary action to ensure that the momentum achieved in December continues,” he said.

SriLankan operated close to 800 flights during the month and carried 228,203 passengers – over 13 times the number of passengers carried in December 2020. SriLankan uplifted 7,877 metric tons of cargo, which is a 147% increase from December 2020.

SriLankan Airlines has been fraught with challenges over the past three years starting with the Easter Sunday attacks in April 2019, followed by the onset of the pandemic in the first quarter of 2020, which is now entering into its third year.

However, SriLankan Airlines rose to the occasion, by deploying resources to fly stranded Sri Lankans home from various parts of the world, including pilgrims from India and students stranded in various parts of the world.  Since then, the Airline has not only engaged in ferrying Sri Lankans, but also stepped up to assist citizens of other countries return home.

SriLankan also adapted its strategy with a renewed focus on cargo operations which was a boost for exports and air transportation of vital medical supplies, vaccinations and other commercial cargo across borders as global passenger air travel came to a virtual halt. Thus, the Airline kept its fleet in operation while many other airlines grounded most of their aircraft.

In the past year, SriLankan launched operations to several new destinations including to Seoul; Nairobi; Moscow; Paris; and Kathmandu as the pandemic showed signs of slowing and borders gradually opened.