The Atlanta-based airline earned $ 4.8 billion in 2019, 21% more than a year ago, in the fourth quarter easily exceeded both its own orientation and the forecasts of Wall Street. Revenue increased 6% to $ 47 billion for the year, as the fourth quarter again exceeded forecasts.
“As we enter 2020, travel demand is healthy and our brand preference is growing, positioning Delta to offer another year of solid results,” said CEO Ed Bastian.
Delta said it expects revenues in the first quarter to increase between 5% and 7%, largely driven by a greater number of passengers instead of higher fares.
The good news for Delta is translated in good news for its 90,000 employees, who will receive a record $ 1.6 billion in profit-sharing bonuses, 23% more than a year ago.