KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 (Reuters) - AirAsia Bhd posted a 16 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, dragged down by a lower aircraft operating lease income.
The budget carrier's 48 percent drop in operating lease income pulled net profit down to 465.3 million ringgit ($104.63 million) from 554.1 million ringgit in the same period a year earlier on revenue that slid by 10.6 percent to 1.94 billion ringgit ($436.25 million).
The average forecast from two analysts was for profit of 200.7 million ringgit, Thomson Reuters data shows.
The airline said it remains positive on prospects for the group this year. ($1 = 4.4470 ringgit) (Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by David Goodman)