Net loss attributable for the three months ended December came in at 159.6 million ringgit ($33.66 million) compared to a profit of 109.9 million ringgit a year ago.

Capital A shares ended the day 3.5% lower at 0.69 ringgit apiece.

The firm, which operates low-budget airline AirAsia, reported a surge in operational costs - mainly aircraft fuel expenses - during the quarter.

Capital A reported quarterly aircraft fuel-related expenses of 1.96 billion ringgit, a jump from 963.3 million ringgit a year ago.

Airtravel has been getting more expensive in the recent past as prices of jet fuel have been on the rise, hurting airline companies around the world.

The company, however, posted a net profit of 507.6 million ringgit for the year ended December, compared with a loss of 3.3 billion ringgit a year ago, helped by sustained demand for travel and associated services. ($1 = 4.7420 ringgit)

(Reporting by Rishav Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza and Tasim Zahid)