Top Asian airlines scramble to recapitalize as COVID-19 erodes cash piles

09 April 2020 - 07:55 am UTC

Flights have been grounded, malls, museums and restaurants closed since February in many parts of the world as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak rampages, leaving many airlines gasping for air.
 
In Asia, the number of flights have decreased by over 75% compared to the level at the beginning of the year, according to data compiled by International Air Transport Association (IATA). Many air carriers - including the region's best known names ranging from Singapore Airlines [SGX:C6L] to Cathay Pacific [HKG:0293] - are struggling to keep their balance sheets sound.
 
But as stock market bloodshed makes equity fundraising more difficult, some have turned to governments and existing shareholders for help.
 
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- by Jessica Wong and Wong Ka-chun in Hong Kong, Maggie Lu in Sydney, Robert Lo in Taipei and Norie Hata in Tokyo