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Singapore Air staff get eight months' salary bonus after record profits

An Airbus A380-800 aircraft of Singapore Airlines takes off from Zurich airport, Switzerland October 16, 2019.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A380-800 aircraft of Singapore Airlines takes off from Zurich airport, Switzerland October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters)

By Katrina Nicholas

(Bloomberg) — Singapore Airlines Ltd. will reward staff with a bonus payout worth almost eight months of salary, according to a person familiar with the matter, after delivering a second consecutive record annual profit.

The payout is in effect higher than Singapore Airlines’ previous year’s earnings high, which resulted in a profit-sharing bonus equivalent to 6.65 months’ pay and a maximum of 1.5 months’ salary of ex-gratia bonus related to the pandemic.

Singapore Airlines declined to comment.

The city-state carrier delivered a record S$2.67 billion ($1.98 billion) annual profit in the fiscal 2023-2024 year, 24% higher than the year prior, according to an exchange filing Wednesday. The airline said near-term demand for flights remains healthy as robust appetite for travel and a buoyant cargo sector worked to offset competitive pressures, higher costs, geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty.

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Singapore Airlines benefited from a faster reopening and rebuild compared to many of its peers after Covid restrictions were lifted. Monthly passenger volumes were around 97% of pre-pandemic levels in March.

The windfall for Singapore Airlines’ staff mirrors the experience of employees at Emirates, which is reportedly handing workers five months of bonus after notching up a record annual profit of $5.1 billion. The Gulf carrier also paid out a similar amount last year.

Shares in Singapore Airlines rose 0.4% on Thursday, bringing gains this year to 4.3%.

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