Wizz Air reports record profit and no signs of Brexit hit

Environment of very low fares and rising fuel prices suited ultra low-cost business model

A Wizz Air worker checks an engine of an Airbus 321 in Warsaw. Photograph:  REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

A Wizz Air worker checks an engine of an Airbus 321 in Warsaw. Photograph: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

 

Wizz Air Holdings reported a 28 per cent rise in full-year profit on Thursday and said it had seen no signs of demand for flights weakening since Britain voted to leave the EU, helping to send its shares to a record high.

Shares in the London-listed airline that focuses on flights to central and eastern Europe jumped as much as 11 per cent to a high of 2,166 pence, with analysts also saying its profit forecast for the current financial year was above consensus.

The company has faced increased pressure on pricing since larger low-cost airlines easyJet and Ryanair added more capacity to rival routes, taking advantage of weak oil prices to try to capture market share.

Wizz Air said its profit for the 12 months to the end of March rose to a record €246 million from €193 million a year earlier while revenue climbed 10 per cent to €1.57 billion.

“The trading environment experienced in the 2017 financial year of very low fares and increasing fuel prices unquestionably favoured our ultra low-cost business model and we were able to increase our growth rate,” chief executive József Váradi said.

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