Fitch Ratings forecasts steady recovery stead recovery in Business demand; LAN and JetBlue gain
North and South American airline stocks gained on Thursday (09-Dec-2010) after Fitch Ratings released its outlook for US airlines. According to the report, continued positive trends in passenger yields and unit revenue linked to the steady recovery of high-fare business travel demand are the critical drivers of credit quality improvement for the sector in 2011.
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LAN reports improved passenger numbers
Passenger numbers were also up for the month, rising 10.7% to 1.5 million. Domestic and international passenger numbers both rose for the period.
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The rise in LAN stocks was despite a 0.5% decline in Chile’s IPSA index for the day. The market closed lower on profit taking.
JetBlue PRASM gains 10%
JetBlue (+0.4%) also made a slight gain, after reporting a 10% rise in passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) for Nov-2010. Also for the month, the LCC reported a 3.5 ppt improvement in load factor for Nov-2010 to 80.9%. Passenger numbers were up 12.4% to 2.0 million.
North & South America selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 09-Dec-2010