Figures from Wizz Air show there is still some way to go for the recovery of the airline industry, with omicron weighing on demand in the last three months of the year.
The Hungarian airline slumped to €213.6m (£179m) in the third quarter and warned it would worsen over the next three months as travel uncertainty persisted.
Wizz Air is pursuing an aggressive expansion plan in a bid to close the gap with rival Ryanair. Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi has ordered more jets and bought slots at Gatwick Airport to help growth.
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What happened overnight
Asian stock markets got off to a cautious start on Wednesday after another volatile session on Wall Street as investors braced for the outcome of the Fed’s late-day meeting and any hints of a faster tightening. Monetary Policy.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.26% early Wednesday, but the index has slipped 2.4% this year and is testing a one-year low from mid- December.
Concerns that the Fed’s planned interest rate hikes could hammer Asian stock markets weighed on the regional benchmark, though moves elsewhere were even more dramatic.
The Japanese Nikkei lost 0.8pc to hover around its lowest level since December 2020.
In early trading on Wednesday morning, China’s blue chip index was up 0.4pc, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was up 0.6pc.
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