Abu Dhabi Airports' operating profit increases 65%

Abu Dhabi Airports achieved this year 53.3% in Emiratisation within its entire workforce, with 88% of the executive management nationalised

Abu Dhabi Duty Free was a key contributor to the revenue increase.
Abu Dhabi Duty Free was a key contributor to the revenue increase.

Abu Dhabi Airports reported that it has achieved 65% increase in earnings before interest, depreciation, and amortisation (EBIDA)/ operating profit during the January-August period this year compared to the same period in 2016.

The company grew its operating revenue by 26%, which impacted the 65% EBIDA increase for 2017. One of the key contributors to this increase is the passenger facilitation charge introduced in July 2016.

Previously, UAE airports were some of the few around the world that didn’t implement transfer passenger fees. In response to market change, the government approved the charges and hence these were implemented across all airports in the second half of 2016.

Abu Dhabi Duty Free and Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone were other key contributors to the revenue increase through the growth trend registered in passenger spend, and the addition of new retailers and concessionaires, as well as the increase in property and space rentals across Abu Dhabi Airports.

On this achievement, Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are very proud of our performance this year. Abu Dhabi Airports’ mission and goals revolve around a highly effective and efficient management of resources and manpower to maintain positive trend in profit growth.

“Supported by planning a smart and versatile strategy, we were able to turn challenges into opportunities and register record achievements in all aspects of our business.”

2017 has proven to be another challenging year for the Middle East aviation industry, with the ripple effect of the Chinese austerity drive, the global political climate, and their influence on commodity and foreign exchange markets.

This year has also seen an 11% increase in the operating expenditure compared to the same period in 2016. These increases are a result of both planned operational requirements as well as a rise in the cost of third party services.

Such requirements included the expansion of air navigation outsourcing to ensure the airport has adequate resources to handle the change in traffic movement. Facility management and utility costs have also increased due to service provider fees.

“Abu Dhabi Airports is committed to utilising all resources and manpower available to increase its efficiency and profitability,” Al Khoori added.

Abu Dhabi Airports achieved this year 53.3% in Emiratisation within its entire workforce, with 88% of the executive management nationalised.

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