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Virgin America Net Profit Jumps On Higher U.S. Travel, Lower Costs

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Virgin America Inc (VA.O), a low-cost airline partly owned by Richard Branson, reported a 76 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by higher U.S. travel and lower fuel costs.

The company’s net income rose to $65 million in the second quarter ended June 30, from $37 million a year earlier.

However, earnings per share fell to $1.47 from $11.92 due to a higher number of shares outstanding in the latest quarter.

Total operating revenue rose 0.5 percent to $400.9 million.