February 21, 2018 / 9:38 PM / in 6 months

Flight Centre's H1 earnings grow as airline fares, ticket sales improve

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Australia’s Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd said first half net profit rose 37 percent as it benefited from a global recovery in airfares.

Net profit for the six months to Dec. 31 rose to A$102.2 million ($79.74 million) from A$74.4 million, the company said on Thursday.

The company declared an interim dividend of 60 cents per share, up from 45 cents a year ago. ($1 = 1.2817 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Byron Kaye and Alison Williams)

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