(Reuters) - Low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd reported its second straight quarterly loss on Wednesday, hurt by higher fuel costs and a weaker rupee.
Standalone net loss, which excludes results of units SpiceJet Merchandise and SpiceJet Technic, was 3.89 billion rupees ($53.90 million) in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a profit of 1.05 billion rupees a year earlier. Aircraft fuel expenses climbed 55.8 percent to 8.45 billion rupees.
A combination of rising oil prices, high fuel taxes, a weak rupee, low fares and intense competition have slashed profits in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market which is clocking 20 percent annual passenger growth.
Rivals Jet Airways (India) Ltd and InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, which owns the country’s largest domestic carrier by market share - IndiGo, also reported losses for the September quarter.
SpiceJet, based in Gurugram, said its results were expected to pick up over the next two-three quarters and that it would take deliveries of 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in September-December.
Shares of SpiceJet were up 3.50 percent, while the broader Mumbai market was almost flat.
($1 = 72.1675 Indian rupees)
Reporting By Arnab Paul and Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair and Subhranshu Sahu