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Qantas: Profit tanked because of LA and London routes

24/08/2009 15:13

Australian flag-carrier Qantas on Sunday blamed flagging demand on its key London and Los Angeles routes for an 88 percent drop in annual net profit.


Chief executive Alan Joyce said the two routes, once the airline's main profit generators, were operating at a loss due to increased competition and the impact of the global financial crisis.


Joyce said that while the airline's domestic operations were still profitable, the LA and London routes had dragged its international business into the red. "Basically, those routes are the biggest issue," he told public broadcaster ABC.


"Those two big routes are very dependent on premium traffic. Premium traffic dropped by between 20 and 30 percent for us." Qantas last week announced net profit fell to 117 million dollars (96.6 million US) in the 12 months to June, down from 969 million.


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