Asiana Airlines trading resumes after KRX ends suspension
Asiana Airlines and two subsidiaries resumed trading Friday after being suspended for almost two months due to the indictment of its former chairman.
Shares of the airline immediately jumped 9.9 percent to 21,000 won ($18.4), but ended the day down 2.86 percent to 18,650 won.
Air Busan, 41.15-percent owned by Asiana Airlines, ended the day down 7.29 percent to 3,625 won, while 76.22-percent owned Asiana IDT dropped 9.11 percent to 23,450 won.
Korea Exchange (KRX) on Thursday announced the lifting of the suspension of the three companies, suspended on May 26 after Park Sam-koo was indicted.
According to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), Park collected more than 130 billion won in non-collateralized loans with interest rates lower than the market rates from nine related companies and used the funds to support Kumho Buslines.
Park was also found to have masterminded an in-flight meal provision deal between Asiana Airlines and Switzerland’s Gategroup that indirectly supported Kumho Buslines.
Asiana Airlines announced Thursday it will focus on improving its corporate governance by splitting the role of the CEO and board chairman, enhancing the independence of its governing board and ensuring transparency.
On Monday, the company introduced an environmental, social, governance (ESG) task force of outside directors. Asiana Airlines also plans to establish a compensation committee and a safety committee — also of outside directors — by 2022 to tighten external monitoring.
“We greatly apologize for disappointing our shareholders and interested parties for the recent trading halt and listing eligibility review,” said Asiana Airlines CEO Jung Sung-kwon. “We will do our best to gain back market trust and create bigger shareholder value."
BY LEE TAE-HEE [firstname.lastname@example.org]