IndiGo reported fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates, as rising fuel costs offset the post-Covid travel rebound at India’s largest airline.
Net income at parent company InterGlobe Aviation Ltd. was 9.16 billion rupees ($111 million) in the period ended in March, short of the 16.2 billion rupees expected by analysts.
Revenue from operations surged 77% to 141.6 billion rupees from a year earlier.
Indian airlines as a whole carried 37.5 million passengers, up 52% from a year earlier, according to data from the aviation regulator. With a market share of about 57%, IndiGo is well positioned to exploit that growth. The airline flies to 78 domestic destinations and 26 international.
Robust demand and solid execution drove IndiGo to record fourth-quarter profit, its second profitable quarter in a row, Chief Executive Officer Pieter Elbers said in a statement.
The fourth-quarter result trimmed IndiGo’s annual loss to 3.17 billion rupees.
IndiGo’s local dominance is only likely to strengthen with rivals Go Airlines India Ltd. recently filing for insolvency protection and being ordered not to fly, and SpiceJet Ltd. also struggling. IndiGo is holding talks with Go’s lessors about taking some of its Airbus SE planes, people familiar with the matter said this month.
Adding capacity will help IndiGo defend its position against Air India Ltd. after the flag carrier made a world-record aircraft order earlier this year. Air India’s owner Tata Group is also in talks about Go’s planes, Bloomberg reported.
Shares of InterGlobe have advanced 13% this year. They slipped 1.6% earlier in local trading.