Aegean Airlines down on price target cut; Lufthansa reaches agreement with pilots


European airline shares declined again on Thursday (24-Jun-2010), as wider markets again moved lower. The decline was the result of US Federal Reserve comments that Europe’s debt issues are negatively impacting a US economic recovery. In key markets, UK’s FTSE (-1.5%), France’s CAC (-2.4%) and Germany’s DAX (-1.4%) all declined.

Aegean Airlines down on price target cut

Aegean Airlines (-6.0%) slumped after HSBC cut its price target for the carrier from EUR5.50 to EUR3.60, while maintaining its ‘overweight’ rating. Aegean ended trading at EUR2.50.

A 3.7% decline in the Athens Stock Exchange, pushed lower by the banking sector, also hurt the carrier.

Lufthansa reaches agreement with pilots

Lufthansa (-2.0%) followed the wider market lower for the day. During trading, it announced it has reached an agreement with its pilots over a pay dispute via arbitration. The carrier and its pilots union agreed to a guarantee of job security in exchange for a salary freeze until Mar-2011, averting the threat of future strikes. The carrier employs approximately 4500 pilots, who had expressed concerns that the airline could increasingly shift routes to foreign units where pilots earn less, following Lufthansa's rapid expansion over the past two years.

See related CAPA profile: Industrial Relations

Jet2.com up on pre-tax profits

Jet2.com owner, Dart Group (+3.7%), gained after reporting a pre-tax profit of GBP22.2 million for the 12 months ended 31-Mar-2010.

Elsewhere, Aer Lingus (+2.6%) and Eurofly were also up, while Cimber Sterling (-4.4%) and Air France-KLM (-3.5%) were among the biggest decliners.

See related report: EU-US sign second stage of open skies agreement

Europe selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 24-Jun-2010

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