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Interim results announcement: 28 February 2020

28 Feb 2020

We are pleased to have delivered 99.98% critical technology and service availability to our airline customers during the period. In September, a fault with an uninterrupted power supply system at our Christchurch Radar Centre resulted in a 48-minute reduction of service for aircraft travelling within New Zealand. We apologise to our customers and to travelers for the disruption they experienced on the day.

Airways’ commercial business had a strong start to the year. Our air traffic control training campuses in Christchurch and Palmerston North are at capacity with record numbers of domestic and international students, including cohorts from Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Two new agreements were confirmed that will see Airways International provide simulation technology to air traffic control training providers in Malaysia and the United Kingdom in 2020.

Development of our drone management capabilities gained momentum in the first half of the year. Work to prepare AirShare for launch as New Zealand’s leading drone management system was completed, a key milestone in achieving our strategy for integrating drones into our airspace.

The Airways Group achieved a Net Operating Profit after Tax (NOPAT) of $16.2 million for the half year, well ahead of the budgeted $13.6 million and 20% ahead of the same period last year. Pleasingly, the commercial business recorded a 70% improvement in NOPAT compared to the same period for the prior year. However, the full year profit forecast is below budget due to lower statutory revenues as a result of airlines pairing back scheduled flights and expected cancellations due to the Coronavirus.