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Emirates Air posts US$5.5bn loss amid pandemic

2021-06-15 HKT 14:58
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  • The airline says its total passenger and cargo capacity declined by 58 percent over the past year. File image: Shutterstock
    The airline says its total passenger and cargo capacity declined by 58 percent over the past year. File image: Shutterstock
The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, announced on Tuesday a net loss of US$5.5 billion over the past year as revenue fell by more than 66 percent due to global travel restrictions sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dubai-based airline said revenue had declined by US$8.4 billion, largely due to the suspension of passenger flights at its hub in March 2020 and ongoing restrictions on travel.

The airline said its total passenger and cargo capacity declined by 58 percent over the past year.

The airline last year had squeezed out profits of US$288 million.

Emirates Group, which also operates dnata travel and ground services at airports, reported a total loss of US$6 billion, the first time it did not post a profit in more than three decades, the company said.

The long-haul carrier, which is owned by the Dubai government, was thrown a US$2 billion lifeline from Dubai’s government to stave off a liquidity crunch last year – a clear indication of how dire the situation had become for one of the world’s leading airlines.

The airline was forced to ground all passenger flights in March 2020 for several weeks amid a temporary closure of airports in the United Arab Emirates, including transit flights through Dubai – the hub for Emirates and the world's busiest airport for international travel. (AP)