The global economic recovery may be taking hold, but it hasn't translated into earnings at Singapore Airlines (SIA) as supply is outpacing demand, the carrier told CNBC.
"The developed economies are recovering. We do see, for example, in Europe and the U.S., recovery in demand for travel," said the carrier's CEO Goh Choon Phong.
"The economy in this part of the world is also growing, but there's a lot more capacity being added. So, when there is imbalance in terms of growth in demand and growing capacity, you have an issue," he added.
The carrier's earnings over the past year have certainly suffered. It posted an operating loss of 60.3 million Singapore dollars ($48.33 million) in the fourth quarter from the year before, wider than the 44.2 million Singapore dollar operating loss posted in the same quarter in the previous year. Analysts had expected an operating profit of 42 million Singapore dollars, according to a Reuters poll.
"The parent airline's yields have now declined for 11 consecutive quarters, making it the airline's worst series of results since pre-Asian financial crisis (1994-1997)," CIMB said in a note, adding that "heavy competition" is eating away at yields.