Fastjet slims losses but storm clouds remain

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Shares in Fastjet nosedived again today as the embattled low-cost African airline remained mired in the red last year with little sign of improvement.

The AIM-listed company revealed operating losses for 2015 were $42.3 million (£29.3 million) — smaller than the $56.6 million it racked up a year earlier, but still “greater than expected”.

Revenues rose from $53.8 million to $65.1 million, but the company, which was spun out of Lonrho’s legacy aviation business Fly540, said they would not improve enough for the business to turn a profit this year. 

It admitted that trading had not improved this year, blaming a weak economy and political instability in Tanzania.

Former chief executive Ed Winter was forced out in March by major shareholder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the outspoken founder of easyJet. Last week, Haji-Ioannou called for Colin Child to be replaced as executive chairman.

Child today responded: “We’ve taken action to mitigate the effects of this prolonged downturn and have reduced operating costs and overheads.”

The share price fell 3.47p, or 12%, to an all-time low 24.78p.

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June 2, 2016 |
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