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Airports of Thailand traffic soars, Aeroports de Paris traffic disappoints

Airports of Thailand’s shares slumped 10.1% yesterday, as investors were again disappointed with the company's latest traffic results.

The operator of the country’s main gateways reported strong traffic growth in Sep-2009, with passenger numbers rising 18.1% year-on-year, to 4.1 million passengers, driven by the 31% surge in domestic traffic:

  • Passenger numbers: 4.1 million, +18.1% year-on-year;
    • International: 2.5 million, +10.9%;
    • Domestic: 1.6 million, +31.0%;
      • Bangkok International Airport: 3.2 million, +22.4%;
        • International: 2.3 million, +9.7%;
        • Domestic: 852,604, +78.6%;
      • Don Mueang: 145,436, -50.1%;
      • Chiang Mai: 229,262, +21.9%;
      • Hat Yai: 120,440, +41.9%;
      • Phuket: 389,942, +36.5%;
      • Chiang Rai: 52,321, +38.3%;
        • Cargo volume: 101,164 tonnes, -6.3%;
        • Aircraft movements: 28,971, +8.0%.

In China, shares in Shanghai and Xiamen airports were down 0.8% and 0.2%, respectively, following the release of Sep-2009 traffic results by the CAAC's East China Regional Administration, which showed mixed results across the region. Passenger growth (+17.3%) eased slightly from Aug-2009 levels, although cargo volumes at the group's airports bounced back.

Positive share performances in the Asia Pacific region yesterday included Japan Airport Terminals (+2.6%) and MAp (+2.5%).

Aeroports de Paris’ disappointing traffic send shares down 1.9%

Aeroports de Paris’ shares fell 1.9% yesterday following the release of its Sep-2009 traffic results. Traffic across Paris’ two airports showed no signs of improvement, as passenger numbers deteriorated from Aug-2009 levels, falling 4.0% to 7.1 million passengers in Sep-2009:

Meanwhile, shares at Ferrovial and Vienna airports also lost ground, closing down 2.8% and 2.1%, respectively. Vienna Airport's competitor, Zurich Airport, went against the trend, gaining 1.8%.

Selected airports daily share price movements (% change): 15-Oct-09