US DoT accords tentative approval for four routes to Tokyo Haneda Airport: Airport Share Wrap

The US Department of Transportation (DoT) granted tentative approval for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines to operate four new routes to Tokyo Haneda when the airport’s fourth runway becomes operational in late-2010.

The opportunities were negotiated in connection with the US-Japan Open Skies agreement concluded in Dec-2009. They permit US carriers to introduce a total of four daily round-trip services at Haneda. If the proposed decision is made final, the selected carriers would be required to commence Haneda operations by 29-Jan-2011. Objections to the show-cause order are due in ten days and answers to objections are due seven days later. After the comment period ends, the department will issue a final decision.

The following route applications were made:

Shares in Japan Airport Terminal, operator of facilities at Tokyo Haneda Airport, closed 4.2% lower on Friday.

Australian Infrastructure Fund raises USD80m to acquire additional 2.21% stake in Australia Pacific Airports Corp

Shares in Australian Infrastructure Fund (AIX) fell 7.6% on the completion of the airport operator’s placement of approximately 44 million new securities at an issue price of AUD1.82 per new security, raising approximately AUD80 million. The placement was well supported with demand from both existing and new institutional investors. As previously announced, the funds raised will be used to acquire an additional 2.21% stake in Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC). The balance of the capital raising will be used for transaction costs and general purposes. The new securities are expected to settle on 13-May-2010 with quotation on 14-May-2010.

European investors uncertain

Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and a second round of volcanic ash-related airspace/airport closures on Friday contributed to uncertainty for investors, as witnessed by Friday’s downward trend in share price movements. Of the European operators, TAV Airports dropped 8.3%, GEMINA lost 6.8%, Copenhagen fell 5.6%, Vienna closed 5.4% lower, Zurich was down 5.1%, while Aeroporto Toscano dipped 0.2%.

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Selected airports daily share price movements (% change): 07-May-2010