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Dutch say Air France-KLM cash boost might be needed

Agence France-Presse

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Any cash injection for Air France-KLM would come with conditions

Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra said on Wednesday, September 23, the government was willing to discuss another cash injection for Air France-KLM should a multibillion bailout fail to keep the troubled airline flying.

Hoekstra’s comments come as airline chief executive Benjamin Smith said this week that multibillion-euro packages for the French and Dutch national carriers would keep it in the air for less than a year.

“We’ve always said, also to the Dutch parliament, that the first phase is about loans,” said Hoekstra.

“But the possibility also exists that a real capital injection, not loans, may be needed to ensure the company’s existence and survival,” Hoekstra told the NOS public broadcaster.

Airlines faced steep drops in revenue as countries imposed lockdowns earlier this year to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Several airlines have already gone under.

A number of countries stepped in with support, including France which provided 7 billion euros ($8.2 billion) to Air France and the Dutch government which provided a 1-billion-euro loan and 11 banks a further 2.4 billion euros to KLM.

The top Dutch finance official however cautioned that any cash injection would come with conditions and “if, and under what conditions will be discussed within the coming weeks and months.”

Smith on Monday, September 21, said discussions were already underway with shareholders on shoring up the airline group, and steps would be taken before the next regular annual meeting in the 2nd quarter of next year.

The airline group had 14.2 billion euros in cash or available under credit lines.

Major shareholders include the French government with a 14.3% stake, the Dutch government at 14%, and Delta and China Eastern airlines which each hold an 8% stake. – Rappler.com

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