Air Arabia suffers $166m loss in 2018 amid Abraaj-related impairments

The airline faced impairment charges of Dhs1.13bn mainly on its overall exposure to Abraaj-related investments



Air Arabia said on Thursday it suffered a loss of Dhs609.5m ($166m) in 2018, hit by impairments linked to its exposure to collapsed private equity firm Abraaj.

The carrier had posted a net profit of Dhs630.6m in the same period a year ago.

Air Arabia faced impairment charges of Dhs1.13bn mainly on its overall exposure to Abraaj-related investments.

Dubai-based Abraaj was the largest buyout fund in the Middle East and North Africa until it collapsed last year in the aftermath of a row with investors, including the Gates Foundation, over the usage of their money in a $1bn healthcare fund.

Abraaj’s liquidators are in the process of determining the value of the company’s assets to settle liabilities, Air Arabia said.

The carrier said last month that it has begun legal proceedings against Abraaj founder Arif Naqvi in a court in Sharjah.