Air Berlin operating losses mount in the first quarter

In the first quarter of 2010, Air Berlin was able to increase the number of passengers welcomed on board to 6.2 million. Despite the harsh winter, seasonal operating loss (EBIT) improved to EUR -98.6 million (Q1 2009: EUR -107.6 million, pro-forma).

Revenue was adversely affected by airport closures related to the harsh winter conditions and decreased by 3.3 percent to EUR 690.9 million (Q1 2009: EUR 714.2 million). At 8.5 Eurocents, total revenue per passenger kilometer (RRPK) improved slightly. For the quarter under review, EBITDAR (Earnings before interest, leasing expenses, depreciation, amortization, interest and taxes) increased from EUR 30.2 million to EUR 44.1 million, i.e. an increase of 46 percent, despite the additional expenses related to the severe winter, including airport closures, airport taxes, navigation, de-icing and personnel.

The result from operating activities (EBIT) reached EUR -98.6 million, as compared to EUR -87.3 million in 2009 (pro-forma: EUR -107.6 million). Pre-tax earnings amounted to EUR -125.5 million (Q1 2009: EUR -118.6 million, pro-forma: EUR -139.0 million).

Net result for the first quarter of 2010 amounts to EUR -93.6 million, as compared to EUR -88.4 million in the first quarter of 2009 (pro-forma: EUR -108.9 million).

As Joachim Hunold, CEO Air Berlin, stated on Thursday: "Like other airline companies, Air Berlin has felt the economic consequences of the exceptionally harsh winter. Nevertheless, our company managed to improve earnings. We are currently experiencing an increase in demand for intra-European flights on the network which Air Berlin has expanded via the integration of the TUIfly connections."

As a result of the 5 percent increase in capacity, the load factor declined to 70.8 percent (-0.8 percent). For the reporting period, revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) decreased slightly to 6.0 Eurocents, i.e. by 0.7 percent (Q1 2009: 6.1 Eurocents). At the end of the first quarter of 2010, the number of corporate agreements amounted to 1,276. In the meantime, the "business points" program for small and medium-sized enterprises, which was initiated in March, is already being used by 1,800 companies.

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