Vueling only gainer of the day; Aeroflot reports 14.2 ppts improvement in loads; easyJet down

European airline shares slumped with wider markets on Tuesday (25-May-2010), which fell to their lowest point in nine months. The banking sector pushed markets lower, due to a rise in interbank lending rates and continued concern over European austerity measures.

In key markets, UK’s FTSE (-2.2%), France’s CAC (-2.9%) and Germany’s DAX (-2.3%) all ended the session significantly lower.

Vueling only gainer of the day

Vueling (+1.9%) was the only European carrier to witness a rise in its share price for the day, despite a drop in the Spanish IGBM (-3.1%). During trading, the International Monetary Fund called on Spain to make more progress in overhauling its ailing banks. Four Spanish savings banks yesterday submitted a proposal to the nation’s central bank to merge their businesses.

Vueling recently reported an 86.4% year-on-year improvement in passenger numbers, to 909,000. However, load factor was down 2.1 ppts for the period, 73.3%.  

Aeroflot reports 14.2 ppts improvement in loads

Aeroflot (-5.4%) declined despite announcing a 14.2 ppts year-on-year rise in load factor for Apr-2010, to 76.0%. Passenger numbers were also up, gaining 27.4%, to 794,100, led by a 31.8% rise in international and 20.9% rise in domestic passenger numbers.

Freight also improved, with the carrier reporting a 13.7 ppts gain in cargo load factor, to 64.5%. 

easyJet sales increasing with British Airways strike action

easyJet (-2.6%) also slipped, despite reporting a “substantial” increase in demand due to the striking cabin crew strike at British Airways  (-2.7%). Approximately 250,000 of the 500,000 easyJet seats available from the UK during the scheduled strike dates have been sold since the industrial action was initially proposed.

Elsewhere, SAS (-6.0%) and Finnair (-5.7%) were also down.

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Europe selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 25-May-2010