Wizz Air sees 67 per cent profits lift

A Wizz Air flight taking off from Robin Hood Airport
A Wizz Air flight taking off from Robin Hood Airport
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Eastern European-focused budget airline Wizz Air reported a 67 per cent jump in annual profit and said it was confident of further profit growth this year as it continues to expand capacity.

In its first results as a London-listed company, Wizz Air said underlying net profit came in at £103m in the twelve months ended March 31, compared to the £61m it made in the previous period.

For its 2016 financial year, Wizz, which was launched 11 years ago by a small group of Hungarian airline executives and floated in February, guided to post-tax profit in the range of between £117m and £124m.

Wizz said profit growth last year was driven by expanding its network and capacity across its key central and Eastern Europe area, at the same time as lowering costs, and the same tactic would help drive profit in the coming year.

Wizz, which carried 16.5 million passengers last year, is dwarfed by Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair, which had 91 million passengers.

Ryanair on Tuesday forecast a 10 per cent rise in profit and passenger numbers in the current financial year.

For the current year, Wizz said trading was robust, but it did not expect there to be an earnings benefit from the decline in fuel prices as lower fuel prices would feed through to lower air fares.

Earlier this year Wizz Air announced that it was adding a new route to Poland from Sheffield Doncaster Airport.