Ferrovial up as DfT plans to introduce measures to improve airport resilience

Japan Air Terminal's (JAT) shares soared 18.6% in trading yesterday, as Transport Minister, Seiji Maehara, proposed transforming Tokyo Haneda Airport an international hub.

If adopted, the move would see the JAT-operated terminals at Haneda Airport, which has been a predominately domestic airport up to now, handle significantly more higher spending international passengers. See related report: Tokyo Haneda hub bombshell.

MAp (formerly known as Macquarie Airports and whose shares fell 0.4% yesterday) must be ruing its decision to sell its strategic stake in JAT.

Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, airport shares were generally higher, with Australian Infrastructure Fund and Shenzhen Airport gaining 2.5% and 1.0%, respectively. Hainan Airport went against the trend, easing 0.7%.

Ferrovial up as DfT plans to introduce measures to improve airport resilience

In Europe, shares in Spanish construction company and owner of UK’s BAA, Ferrovial, gained 2.1% following the UK Department for Transport’s plan to introduce new measures to improve the resilience of its major airports.

BAA is expected to benefit from the decision, as it will allow the airport operator to raise funds more easily. While the plan will mean an increase in the cost of financing development projects, the Special Administration regime will be replaced, ensuring airports remain open even if their owners were to file for bankruptcy.

Fraport slides as traffic decline widens in Sep-2009

Shares in Fraport, operator of Frankfurt Airport, fell 1.3% following the release of its Sep-2009 traffic results. Passenger numbers across the operator’s portfolio of airports fell 1.7% year-on-year, led by a 4.7% decline at Frankfurt Airport. Both passenger and cargo traffic declines at Germany’s largest airport widened in Sep-2009:

  • Passenger numbers: 7.0 million, -1.7% year-on-year;
  • Cargo volume: 188,949 tonnes, -4.9%;
  • Aircraft movements: 61,481, -1.6%;

Selected airports daily share price movements (% change): 13-Oct-2009