Aeroflot reports half-year net profit plunge

Aeroflot posted a low profit for the first half of the year but is still in the black The airline's performance deteriorated despite intensive traffic growth (Leonid Faerberg / Transport-photo.com)

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has reported its net profit for the first half of 2017 at 872 million rubles ($14.4 million) according to the national accounting practices. The figure is 9.2 times less than for the same period last year.

In the first six months of the year the airline’s income increased 2.1% year-on-year to 198.187 billion rubles.

Aeroflot’s short-term liabilities between December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2017 grew by 72.6% to 133.368 billion rubles. Its long-term obligations, on the contrary, decreased by 20.8% to 14.050 billion rubles.

The airline’s financial performance deteriorated after a prolonged climb. Aeroflot reported losses in the first quarter of 2017, but these were lower than in the same period of the previous year. The airline had climbed back into the black after a period of losses.

Aeroflot Group will publish its consolidated IFRS report at a later date, which is expected to present a more accurate picture of the company’s financial standing.

Between January and June 2017, the operator carried 15.264 million passengers, up 13.5% on the same period last year.

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