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Jet Airways, Kingfisher and SpiceJet soar, Chinese stocks higher

Analysis

It was Indian airlines' turn to rally yesterday, with Jet Airways (+7.0%), Kingfisher (+3.5%) and SpiceJet (+3.0%) gaining as India's Sensex Index closed at a 29-month high yesterday. Investors are hopeful of more gains to come, on rising foreign investment and robust Indian economic growth.

Summary
  • Indian airlines, including Jet Airways, Kingfisher, and SpiceJet, experienced gains as India's Sensex Index closed at a 29-month high.
  • Rising foreign investment and robust Indian economic growth are contributing to investor optimism in Indian airlines.
  • China's civil aviation industry saw double-digit growth in the first half of the year, with Air China, China Eastern, and China Southern experiencing gains.
  • China's aviation industry reported a 31.7% increase in traffic and a 17.6% increase in passenger numbers during the first half of the year.
  • Skywest Airlines, an Australian and Southeast Asian regional airline, reported an increase in passenger numbers and load factors in June, but its shares fell by 3.9%.
  • Overall, the aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region is experiencing mixed performance in terms of share price movements.

China's civil aviation sees double-digit growth in first half

Air China (+3.0%), China Eastern (+2.9%) and China Southern (+1.5%) were also higher yesterday as the CAAC reported China's aviation industry experienced a 31.7% increase in first half traffic (measured in ton/kms). Passenger numbers rose 17.6% to 126 million.

Skywest Airlines falls on June traffic report

Skywest, the Australian and Southeast Asian regional airline, reported a 10.8% increase in RPT passenger numbers in Jun-2010, while RPKs increased by 13.3%. Load factors surged 9 ppts to 59.1%. Investors were seemingly unimpressed, sending Skywest's shares 3.9% lower yesterday.

Asia Pacific selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 13-Jul-2010

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