AirAsia has no interest in Skymark: Tony Fernandes on Twitter

Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - AirAsia Bhd's group chief executive, Tony Fernandes, dismissed a media report that the Malaysian carrier is weighing a bid for Japan's Skymark Airlines Inc <9204.T>.

"Never seen such rubbish. AirAsia has no interest in Skymark in Japan," Fernandes, co-founder of the budget airline, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Skymark's shares jumped 28 percent after the Nikkei business daily reported that AirAsia is in talks with financial institutions on a possible tender offer for the struggling carrier.

"We focused on new airline," Fernandes said in a Twitter message. Last month, AirAsia said it would set up a low-cost airline with Japan's biggest online retailer, Rakuten Inc <4755.T>, and other companies.

(Reporting by Anshuman Daga and Aradhana Aravindan)

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