IAG to buy Air Europa for 500 million euros, payment in 2026 – El Confidencial

Passengers wearing face masks wait to check-in at an Air Europa counter at Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Madrid, Spain

International Consolidated Airlines Group has agreed to buy Spanish carrier Air Europa for $612.55 million (500 million euros) with payment deferred until 2026. The news website El Confidencial reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

The two companies reached the deal on Thursday, El Confidencial said.

IAG’s Spanish unit Iberia declined to comment, while Air Europa’s owner Globalia was not instantly available for comment.

British Airways parent IAG had initially agreed to buy Air Europa for 1 billion euros in November 2019 but has been pushing to reduce the price amid the travel crisis caused by the pandemic.

For sale to proceed, the Spanish government must waive its right to appoint two directors to Air Europa’s board, one of the conditions of a 475 million euro state aid package approved last month.

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