Air Europa: A Solid 2023 Yields €2.75 Billion Turnover

An Air Europa Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxiing.
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Air Europa’s 2023 financial results confirmed forecasts of a stellar year, exceeding expectations on both operational and financial fronts.

Audited figures revealed a business turnover of €2.756 billion for Air Europa Holding and subsidiaries, reflecting an impressive 18.3% increase compared to the previous year.

This growth is even more significant when considering 2019, the pre-pandemic benchmark. Compared to that year, business turnover improved by a remarkable 17.9%.

2023 Momentum Continues into Q1 2024

These positive results empowered Air Europa to tackle the partial early repayment of a €141 million bank loan secured in 2020 with the support of Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO).

As of last week, the airline has already repaid more than half the loan, with the remaining balance scheduled for settlement in August. This move demonstrates Air Europa’s firm focus on financial deleveraging and cost reduction.

The positive momentum continued into the first quarter of 2024. Operating revenues for this period reached €583 million, representing an 8.3% increase over the same quarter in 2023.

These trends suggest that Air Europa is well on track for another successful year, potentially achieving historical highs in key business metrics.

An Air Europa Boeing climbs overhead.
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Strategic Growth and Financial Strength

Air Europa’s robust financial performance is a direct result of strong customer demand and optimized operations across all levels.

The company successfully consolidated its activity and maintained its 2023 expansion goals. This is further evidenced by the significant increase in EBITDA, which reached over €205 million in 2023.

This figure marks a 197.5% increase compared to 2022 and nearly 90% growth over 2019. Net profit also surpassed expectations, exceeding €165 million. This represents a substantial improvement over the previous year and significantly higher than the €28.6 million achieved in 2019.

These achievements validate the effectiveness of Air Europa’s year-long strategy, which capitalized on the advantages of a unified fleet offering increased capacity and efficiency.

The substantial profitability gains also enhance the company’s liquidity, allowing it to navigate future challenges with greater resilience.

Looking ahead, Air Europa remains committed to its 2024-2026 Strategic Plan. This plan prioritizes sustainability, efficiency, innovation, and exceptional customer service as the cornerstones for growth.

It establishes a clear roadmap for solidifying the organization and expanding operations at all levels.

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CEO Acknowledges Employee Dedication

Air Europa’s CEO, Jesús Nuño de la Rosa, acknowledges the crucial role employees played in achieving these historic results.

He commends the team’s dedication and commitment, which were instrumental in propelling the company forward.

Nuño de la Rosa emphasizes that the improved financial health allows Air Europa to ensure continued stability and growth.

Operational Performance

In terms of operations, 2023 witnessed continuous improvement in the number of seats offered, passengers carried, and overall occupancy rates.

The key to this success lies in the company’s decision to unify its fleet around the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for long-haul flights and the Boeing 737 for medium and short-haul routes.

This strategy has enabled Air Europa to increase passenger capacity while optimizing flight schedules, resulting in greater operational efficiency and reduced emissions.

An Air Europa Boeing 787-9 taxis after landing.
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The year 2023 saw seat supply surpass 14.2 million, representing a 13.7% increase compared to 2022. Passenger numbers also rose significantly, exceeding 11.7 million, reflecting a 17% year-on-year growth.

Occupancy rates reached an average of 82%, demonstrating a 2.9-point improvement over the previous year. This increase reflects not only strong customer demand but also enhanced operational efficiency.

Notably, Air Europa’s transoceanic routes, Business Class offerings, and Dreamliner fleet all played a significant role in these positive developments.

Outlook: Continued Expansion and Stability

As Air Europa moves forward in 2024, the company will continue to expand its network by introducing new routes and increasing flight frequencies.

However, maintaining stability across all levels remains paramount to ensure successful execution of the strategic plan and fulfillment of financial obligations.

The company is committed to fleet growth throughout 2024, with the addition of four new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Additionally, the impressive Globalia Maintenance hangar at Madrid-Barajas Airport has become operational. This state-of-the-art facility, spanning over 22,400 square meters, will serve as a center of technical excellence for Air Europa.

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