Mumbai: After hovering in losses for five consecutive quarters, budget carrier Spicejet on Monday reported a net profit of Rs 56 crore for the April-June period on the back of significant growth in sales and better yields.

The Chennai-based airline promoted by Kalanithi Maran had posted a net loss of Rs 71.96 crore in the same period last fiscal.

For the first quarter of the current fiscal ended June 30, the carrier posted 51 percent growth in sales at Rs 1,406.74 crore compared to Rs 930.75 crore, Spicejet said in a statement.

The average revenue per passenger during the reporting quarter increased 24 percent, while the number of passengers carried rose by 26 percent.

Besides, the seat factor also rose to 80.3 percent from 78.9 percent, the company said, adding that its market share increased by 1.5 percentage points to 18.6 percent during the quarter.

Though the load factors and yields have been holding firm, the high cost of operations influenced by a weak the rupee prevented the company from posting even better results, it said.

Prohibitively expensive fuel prices continue to adversely impact the civil aviation sector, it said, adding that though international crude prices have softened in recent weeks, the domestic carriers are yet to realise the benefits of such reduced input costs of the fuel, it said.

In addition, the industry has also absorbed significant increases in airport charges at the Delhi airport, it added.

(Agencies)

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