Emirates Airlines, the largest Middle East carrier, today posted a 43% surge in profit to $887m last year as fuel costs dropped and passenger numbers rose. 

Net profit in 2013 hit 3.3 billion dirhams ($887m) compared to 2.3 billion dirhams ($622m) the previous year, the company announced.

Fuel costs dropped by around 4%, Emirates chief Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum told reporters, while passenger numbers increased by 13%.