NIKIs Press Releases

2010-02-18 14:00

NIKI – 2009 Results exceed expectations yet again

In 2009 NIKI once again posted the strongest results in its history, with EBIT reaching EUR 23.1 million (m). Profit after tax of EUR 12.4m was up 76% year-on-year. In an extremely challenging economic climate NIKI reported a profitability margin of 4.5% (2008: 3.1%). Passenger numbers were up 19% to about 2.6 million.

Key indicators for 2009:


A number of significant new additions will be made to the NIKI product portfolio in 2010
, with the following routes introduced on 1 February: Vienna–Belgrade, Vienna–Bucharest and Vienna–Sofia. On 26 March Vienna–Barcelona, Vienna–Nice and Vienna-Copenhagen will be added to the schedule. There are also numerous changes to tourist routes, and increased frequencies for city destinations:

Forecasts for this year point towards a growth in passenger numbers to 3.5m, while revenue is expected to advance to EUR 380m.

New ownership structure

NIKI has strengthened its partnership with airberlin, which recently increased its interest in Niki Lauda’s Austrian airline from 24 % to 49.9%. NL Holding will continue to hold a 50.1% stake, ensuring that majority control remains with Niki Lauda.

According to Niki Lauda, “Creating a broad base for NIKI’s continued growth is important to me. Closer cooperation with airberlin will make us more profitable, more efficient and more attractive to passengers.

As Joachim Hunold, CEO of airberlin PLC, explains: “The increased interest is the logical next step following years of successful cooperation with NIKI. NIKI’s network dovetails nicely with airberlin’s, and this development gives us additional access to the rapidly expanding Eastern European market.

NIKI: weekly frequency in summer 2010


Press Contact:

Milene Platzer
Tel: 0043 1 70 126 445