Airways announces $9.3 million operating profit
31 August 2012
Airways achieved a solid operating profit of $9.3 million in the 2011-12 year, a year characterised by recovery from natural disasters and primarily driven by growth in its international business.
The increase from last year’s net operating profit after taxation (NOPAT) of $ 4.7 million came from productivity gains in Airways core air traffic control business, in its training division and by new business developments in markets like the Middle East, Asia and South Africa.
Airways chief executive Ed Sims cited the success in contracting air traffic controller training from Saudi Arabia and incremental business from the new office in Beijing as drivers behind the 98% NOPAT improvement.
“While our core domestic air traffic control role and safety will always be of prime importance, we know that to achieve growth in the future we will need to look at developing products and services for international markets,” says Ed Sims.
“Our core air navigation service (ANS) revenue grew by stimulating a more cost effective operating environment for our airline customers. With fuel at a new norm above $100 per barrel, optimised flight planning, which reduces fuel burn and has saved our airline customers millions of dollars, has become more critical than ever.
“With international airline capacity reduction, new fuel price increases and continued financial uncertainty, the year ahead is already looking to be challenging,” said Sims.
Airways controlled 1.1 million air traffic movements across 30 million kilometres of airspace during the 2011-12 year. The company continued to stay at the forefront of technological improvements in aviation while achieving a total system reliability of 99.94%.
Airways chair Susan Paterson said that the $9.3 million NOPAT was achieved at a difficult time for Airways staff and for the aviation sector.
“The majority of Airways staff are based in Christchurch so they’ve had another tough year. I would like to credit management and all our staff, for their commitment to providing air traffic control services to such high levels of reliability and safety”.
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What is Air Traffic Control?
Air Traffic Control comprises the various aircraft navigation and communication systems that use computers, radar, radios, and other instruments and devices to provide guidance to flying aircraft.
Trained personnel working as air traffic controllers at stations on the ground constantly monitor these systems and track the locations and speeds of individual aircraft. Controllers can warn aircraft should they come too close to each other. Air traffic control is also used for the safe coordination of landings and takeoffs at airports.
Aviation plays a crucial role in New Zealand’s economic wellbeing.
Projected long-term growth of the aviation sector globally means it is essential to maintain the vitality of aviation through safe, effi cient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable air navigation services. To ensure this, future Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems must provide for optimum use of enhanced technology capabilities; both airborne and ground based.