Skymark Airlines revises FY2011 forecast, Jet Airways international traffic up 15.3% in Dec-2010

Skymark Airlines shares ended their upward run, with the company’s stock price dipping 3.8% in trading on Wednesday. Skymark released a downgraded profit forecast for FY2011, but stated it still expects to achieve an operating profit for 3QFY2011, on the back of steady increases in revenue.

The carrier cut its parent-only financial forecast for the year ending 31-Mar-2010 from USD67.8 million to USD61.7 million, due to an expected increase in tax expenses. The carrier’s revenue forecast was upgraded from USD696.6 million to USD707.7 million, while its operating profit outlook was upgraded from USD112.2 million to USD127.0 million.

Elsewhere, Jet Airways reported Dec-2010 international passenger traffic rose 15.3% year-on-year, while domestic traffic rose 8.5%. Traffic at its JetLite subsidiary was up 19.7% year-on-year during the month.

Shares in Jet Airways were down 3.1% in trading on Wednesday, while SpiceJet shares fell 1.3%. Shares in Kingfisher Airlines were up 1.8%.

Trading down sharply was Virgin Blue, which lot 4.8% yesterday. The carrier has not yet determined the impact of the Queensland floods on its operations, with the state accounting for approximately 30% of its domestic traffic. Macquarie Research downgraded its 2011 and 2012 profitability outlook for Virgin Blue and Qantas earlier this week, based on the impact of rising fuel costs. Qantas shares finished the day unmoved.

Selected Asia Pacific airlines daily share price movements (% change): 19-Jan-2011