Cathay to Buy Hong Kong’s Only Budget Carrier, SCMP Reports

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. agreed to buy Hong Kong’s only budget carrier to expand into the no-frills market, the South China Morning Post said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

An announcement on the acquisition of Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd. is expected to be made as early as today, the report said, adding that the sources didn’t elaborate on details including financial terms. Cathay shares rose as much as 3.3 percent to HK$13.76 in early trading in Hong Kong.

A Cathay representative declined to comment. Cathay said March 5 that it’s in “active discussions” with HNA Group Co. about an acquisition involving Hong Kong Express. HNA declined to comment. Read More

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