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Vienna Airport stable as Austrian continues to trim costs, Aeroports de Paris and Fraport ease

Vienna Airport’s shares remained stable on Friday (25-Sep-2009) following further cost cutting announcements by home-based airline, Austrian Airlines.

In the latest development, the struggling airline, which was recently taken over by Lufthansa Group, announced plans to reduce its workforce by a further 500 positions as it looks to improve its bottom line performance. The carrier is also currently in talks with Vienna Airport to negotiate lower prices for services at the airport.

Elsewhere in Europe, Aeroports de Paris and Fraport’s shares continued to ease, falling 0.7% and 0.3%, respectively, while Ferrovial continued its recent ascent, gaining 2.0% in trading on Friday.

Macquarie Airports' stock continues strong performance

In the Asia Pacific region, Macquarie Airports’ shares have sustained a strong performance since the announcement of its internationalisation plans in Jul-2009, gaining 0.7% on Friday.

Meanwhile, Beijing Airport’s shares gained 2.7%. On the same day, Air China confirmed plans to commence codesharing with Star Alliance member, ANA, on services between Beijing and Tokyo Haneda from 25-Oct-2009. Japan Airport Terminal, operator of facilities at Haneda Airport, shed 1.6% on Friday.

Hainan Airport’s shares also closed the week on a high, jumping 3.3% on Friday. Elsewhere in the region, Malaysia Airports (-2.9%) and Xiamen Airport (-2.3%) eased.

Selected airports daily share price movements (% change): 25-Sep-2009