Finnair turns a profit in Q4 after cost cuts
HELSINKI (AP) — Higher revenues and lower operational costs have helped Finnair PLC return to profit in the last three months of 2012.
The Finnish airline says Friday its net profit of €1.2 million ($1.6 million) came on the back of a 6 percent rise in revenue to €613 million compared to a year earlier, because of increased passenger traffic in Europe and Asia.
The profit contrasts with 2011’s equivalent loss of €32 million.
Struggling with high costs and tough competition from budget airlines, Finland’s national carrier has slashed personnel by more than 9 percent in a year to 6,800 and says further cuts are possible.
Finnair gave a mildly optimistic outlook saying it expects an ‘‘operational profit’’ in 2013.