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Cathay Pacific to buy HK Express for $628 mn, enter budget airline segment

HK Express reported a HK$141 million net loss in 2018 and had a net asset value of HK$1.12 billion, Cathay said

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Reuters  |  Singapore 

Cathay Pacific Airways said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd from cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate HNA Group for HK$4.93 billion ($628 million), giving it a foothold in the fast-growing budget travel market. A lack of slots at Hong Kong International Airport until an expansion is completed in 2024 had constrained Cathay's ability to follow peers like Singapore Airlines Ltd and Qantas Airways Ltd and set up its own budget brand. Cathay said it would continue operating HK Express as a standalone carrier using a low-cost business model. The ...

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First Published: Wed, March 27 2019. 09:30 IST