China Southern Airlines has posted a 35% jump in profits for 2016.
Asia’s biggest carrier achieved a profit of 5.04 billion yuan ($731 million) over the previous year.
This came as the airline capitalised on a continued boom in both domestic and overseas trips by Chinese travellers, helped by a rise in the country’s middle classes.
The Beijing-based airline, ranked as the fourth largest in the world for passenger carryings, this week confirmed a US tie-up with America Airlines taking a $200 million stake.
China Southern said its performance last year was helped by a slump in global oil prices, as lower costs for jet fuel helped offset foreign-exchange losses.
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