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Thai AirAsia flies into red as Chinese travellers decline

BANGKOK: The drop in Chinese visitors to Thailand and higher fuel prices resulted in a loss for Thai AirAsia in the third quarter but it hopes for a better financial performance in the last three months of the year.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 10 November 2018, 09:12AM


Thai AirAsia ended the third quarter with a loss due to a declining number of Chinese tourists and a 45% year-on-year spike in fuel prices. Photo: MNXANL / Wikimedia Commons

Thai AirAsia ended the third quarter with a loss due to a declining number of Chinese tourists and a 45% year-on-year spike in fuel prices. Photo: MNXANL / Wikimedia Commons

SET-listed Asia Aviation Plc (AAV), the operator of the budget carrier, on Friday reported a net loss of B358mn for the three months to Sept 30, compared with a profit of B260mn in the same period last year.

For the first nine months of the year, the carrier had a net profit of B339mn, down from B1 billion a year earlier.

Chinese visitors have shunned Thailand – once their favourite destination – since the sinking of the tour boat Phoenix that killed 47 people off Phuket in July.

The government hopes to revive the confidence of the Chinese and other visitors by waiving visa-on-arrival fees for Chinese and nationals of 20 other countries for two months starting from Dec 1.

Chinese travellers topped all foreign tourist arrivals to Thailand with 9.7mn last year and more than 10mn were expected this year. For the first nine months of the year, 8.37mn tourists from China entered the country, according to the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

Visitor numbers from China to Thailand have fallen by 8.8% for the year to date, Thai AirAsia said, citing ministry figures. But the Association of Thai Travel Agents maintains the decline has been bigger since the Phuket tragedy.

Aviation fuel prices also rose 45% in the third quarter from the same period a year ago, the airline said. However, world oil prices have been plunging in the past two weeks and airlines can expect some relief in the current quarter as a result.

Thai AirAsia said its load factor stood at 81% in the third quarter with 5 million travellers on board its planes. The third quarter nomally is a low season for tourism, which peaks in the last three months and the first quarter of the year.

“The fourth quarter is crucial for tourism and we believe the situation will improve and allow us to achieve the forecast results,” said AAV chief executive officer Santikul Klongchiya.

AAV shares closed down two satang to four baht on Friday. It released its results after trading ended for the day.

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Kurt | 14 November 2018 - 10:42:23

Make me think about the expression: "Never put all your eggs in 1 basket".   Thai airlines loose money, other 'region' airlines saw a profit RISE up to 13% during Q-3.

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