WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's national airline on Friday posted a record profit thanks to surging tourism and lower fuel costs, but warned it expected increased competition from rival international carriers in the year ahead.
Air New Zealand announced an after-tax profit of 463 million New Zealand dollars ($339 million) for the year ending June, an increase of 42 percent over the previous year. Revenue was up 6.2 percent over the previous year to NZ$5.2 billion.
A record 3.3 million people visited New Zealand in the year ending July, up 11 percent from a year earlier.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said in a statement that competition is increasing because tourism to the South Pacific nation remains strong and lower fuel costs make the country a more viable destination for rivals.
Over the past year, the company has added routes to Houston, Argentina and Vietnam.
The company said 8,200 of its staff would get a special performance bonus of up to NZ$2,500 each.
Air New Zealand's share price dipped slightly Friday to finish trading at NZ$2.22.