Air travel optimism boosts Asia-Pacific airline stocks

Qantas A380 will take off from the runway in Saxony, Dresden on August 21, 2020

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SINGAPORE – Asia Pacific airline stocks moved on Tuesday after numerous announcements significantly improved prospects for international air travel.

Qantas Airways shares in Australia rose 3.14% on Tuesday, while Air New Zealand shares rose 5.8%.

Those stocks rose when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the “travel bubble” between her country and Australia would begin on April 19th.

Meanwhile, the Singapore Aviation Authority announced that from May the country will start accepting travelers using the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mobile passport for pre-departure checks. Singapore Airlines shares rose 0.72% as of 3:48 p.m. Singapore time Tuesday.

“The trust of a leading airline such as Singapore in the IATA Travel Pass is extremely important,” said Willie Walsh, IATA general manager, in a statement.

“With ongoing testing, we are on track to see that the IATA Travel Pass is a critical tool in restarting the industry by providing governments with verified travel health information. And travelers can have full confidence that their personal information is secure and be under their own control, “said Walsh.

Elsewhere, Korean Air Lines stocks rose 0.18%, while Japanese airline stocks lagged the broader region. Japan Airlines fell 2.44% while ANA Holdings fell 2.31%.

Local media reported that as of Monday, quasi-emergency Covid-19 measures were carried out in several prefectures in Japan to contain a resurgence of infections.

The aviation industry is among the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic as authorities tightened border restrictions around the world to contain the spread of the virus.

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