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Thai AirAsia’s Second Quarter of 2023: A Revival Written in the Stars.

Thai AirAsia Skyrockets with 275% YoY Growth: Tourism Surge Powers Q2 Triumph!

In the latest financial saga signalling a rebirth of aviation post-pandemic, Asia Aviation Plc., the power behind Thai AirAsia Co. Ltd., has unveiled a staggering 275% year-on-year growth for the second quarter of 2023. The numbers tell a story of grit, resilience, and an unabated drive, with a revenue peak of 10,398.5 million THB – a figure that sits 6% higher than just the preceding quarter.

This dynamism is no fluke. Analysts point to the timely resurrection of the tourism sector, with special attention to China’s market unfurling its wings in the first quarter. This coincided seamlessly with Thai AirAsia’s strategic containment of expenses, making the path clearer and the growth steeper.

However, the sun wasn’t shining all the way. As the Thai Baht slumped by the close of Q2, an unrealised foreign exchange loss of (1,012.5) million THB was reported. But let this not overshadow the true victor here – the Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA), which soared to a stellar 1,817.2 million THB.

Mr. Santisuk Klongchaiya, the man at the helm of both Asia Aviation Plc. and Thai AirAsia Co. Ltd., shared a perspective that many in the industry now echo. He pointed out the surging domestic market’s contribution, where the load factor inched close to a whopping 94%. “China remains the strategic jewel in our regional crown,” he noted, referring to the slower yet sure economic resurgence of the Asian giant.

As a testament to their belief in the China market, 2Q2023 saw Thai AirAsia elevate its service game, offering 108 flights per week – a solid 67-flight increment from the previous quarter.

In a strategic alignment with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai AirAsia eyes a dual purpose: draw more global travelers to its homeland while amplifying TAA’s broad domestic network to further tourism growth.

But the 2Q isn’t where this narrative ends. When one pans out to look at the larger half-year picture of 2023, the company flaunts a 19,641.1 million THB revenue, marking a stratospheric 324% leap from its predecessor year. The figures narrate tales of resilience, with seat capacity reviving to 77% of pre-pandemic standards, and over 9 million passengers bearing testament to Thai AirAsia’s service excellence.

Yet, Mr. Santisuk remains grounded. “The real victory,” he asserts, “will be a return to net operational profit for the first time since the pandemic clouded our skies.” With 54 aircraft already at their disposal and more routes on the horizon – including intriguing destinations like Sihanoukville, Kathmandu, and Ahmedabad – the latter half of 2023 promises thrilling tales of aerial conquest.

To cap it off, the company is positioning itself as not just a commercial entity but a national contributor, working hand in hand with governmental bodies on policies, be it the excise tax rate for aviation fuel or pioneering long-term initiatives like the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) policy.

In an age where the world is flying again, Asia Aviation Plc. and Thai AirAsia Co. Ltd. are not just soaring; they are defining the sky’s new limits.





Written by: Supaporn  Pholrach (Joom)







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