operator Schiphol Group is
maintaining its full-year net profit forecast after a trebling of property
gains enabled it to post an 8.4% improvement to its half-year result.
Schiphol Group recorded a first-half
net result of €88 million ($113 million) although, discounting property gains
of €16.1 million, the figure remained almost unchanged at €76.6 million.
rose by just under 10% to reach €486 million. Income from airport charges rose
by 11.1% to reach €295 million, due to increased passenger numbers and movements
coupled with higher charges.
income rose by 9.8% to reach €64 million of the back of the passenger hike and
higher spending levels. The group’s operating result, including the capital
gains, rose by 10.4% to reach €139.4 million.
Group president and CEO Gerlach Cerfontaine says
“We are pleased with the financial results achieved in the first half of 2006.
We are maintaining our forecast net result for the full year. Our forecast
takes into account the measures taken as a result of the attacks recently
foiled in the UK.”
adds that the group expects its full year net result to be “on a par” with
2005, again excluding the property gains.
handled 21.5 million passengers during the first half of the
year, marking 4.3% growth. The airport is forecast to post 4.2% full-year
passenger growth. The total number of passengers using Amsterdam Schiphol, Rotterdam and Eindhoven
airports rose by 4.4% to reach just
under 22.6 million.