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Last week, American Airlines and Spirit Airlines joined other airlines in issuing profit warnings that rising costs would hit profits during the peak summer season, as airlines begin reporting third-quarter results in mid-October.
American Airlines said it expects adjusted earnings per share in the third quarter to be between 20 cents and 30 cents, down from its previous forecast of 95 cents per share, citing higher fuel prices and new labor deals. The airline cut its operating profit margin in half from its forecast earlier this summer to 4% to 5%.
Spirit Airlines expects negative profit margins of up to 15.5% in the three months ended September 30, down from its previous forecast of -5.5% to -7.5%. The airline also lowered its revenue forecast for the third quarter.
Frontier Airlines said, “In recent weeks, sales have been trending below historical seasonality patterns” and forecasted an adjusted loss for the quarter. The airline’s shares hit a 52-week low.
Airlines have lost the pricing power they gained last summer as lockdown eased and capacity constrained. Now they face a slow season when travel demand traditionally slows.
Fare tracking company Hopper said: “Fare prices are expected to continue to decline during the fall off-season, with domestic U.S. fares averaging $211 in September and October, down 30% from the summer peak.”
(Global Airlines ETF ticker: JETS, US Global Investors)
The airline industry finds itself at a critical juncture, navigating through a turbulent environment marked by rising costs, shrinking profit margins, and waning pricing power.
The third-quarter results will serve as a litmus test, shedding further light on the industry’s ability to adapt and prosper in the face of these formidable challenges.
As stakeholders watch closely, adaptability and resilience will be key to ensuring a successful flight through these trying times.
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