Air Partner reports “continued strength in freight” with gross profits up 36% to £1.5m in its results for the first six months of the year to July 31, 2018.

Chief executive Mark Briffa noted that freight, which contributes 8% to group gross profit, “is an especially volatile sector, [so] these results are a great achievement in what we consider a strategic offering that enables us to provide our customers with a full suite of aviation services.”

He added: “As well as bringing on board new clients through targeted marketing campaigns and successful cross selling with our commercial jets division, we have continued to invest in our teams across regions. We are quickly seeing the benefit of this investment with the experience, customers and opportunities it brings with it.”

The global aviation services group saw total gross profit of £18m, down 1% compared with the same period last year. Gross transaction value of £132.8m was down 2%. It noted that US profit increased across all divisions and that commercial Jets performed well against a tough comparative period, buoyed by strong FIFA World Cup and tour operator flying.

Briffa said: “We are making excellent progress in implementing our long term growth strategy. Our focus is on both organic growth and growth through acquisition. We are benefiting from a growing aviation market, and our broad offering and portfolio approach enable us to cross sell between our divisions and extensive customer base whilst driving internal efficiencies.”