Index for global travel, aviation stocks launched

The Singapore Exchange and Changi Airports International (CAI) have launched the iEdge-GateEq Aviation and Travel Index, a market capitalisation-weighted index which covers the top 50 listed companies in the global travel and aviation industry.

These are companies which derive revenue from six sectors: airport infrastructure and services; airlines; original equipment manufacturer and system providers; air freight and logistics; travel and booking services; and hospitality.

The top 10 constituents of the index are UPS, Booking Holdings, Airbus, FedEx, Deutsche Post, Safran, Airbnb, Marriott International, Southwest Airlines and Hilton Worldwide. SGX will review the index constituents on a quarterly basis.

The tradeable index aims to capture global aviation and travel-related long-term growth. This comes as borders reopen and travel restrictions ease, SGX and CAI said in a joint media statement yesterday.

They noted that the index reached pre-Covid-19 levels last month, driven by a rally in hospitality, travel and booking-related stocks. Airline and air freight stocks, however, remain laggards.

SGX developed the index as part of its iEdge product suite in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with GateEq, a CAI strategic initiative.

CAI is the consultancy and investment arm of Changi Airport Group.

Mr Ng Kin Yee, SGX managing director and head of data, connectivity and indices, said the aviation and travel sector is one that is keenly watched by investors seeking to capture post-pandemic growth.

"While growth across the industry may be uneven, we hope that this index will serve as a yardstick and source of insight for investors and the wider industry, and we certainly look forward to this ongoing partnership with CAI," he added.

CAI chief executive Eugene Gan said: "Notwithstanding CAI having established a global footprint covering multiple airports across different regions, we believe this is the first occasion in the world where an airport group is working with a leading index market provider to provide such a unique solution for the financial market."

SGX shares were trading four cents, or 0.4 per cent, lower at $9.25 as at 2.43pm yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2021, with the headline 'Index for global travel, aviation stocks launched'. Subscribe