Proposed merger between CityJet and Air Nostrum gets EU approval

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By victoria@aviationnews-online.com July 29, 2019 15:14

Proposed merger between CityJet and Air Nostrum gets EU approval

The proposed merger between Ireland’s CityJet DAC and Spanish carrier Air Nostrum has been approved by the EU Commission.

The merger was first announced on July 17 when the two companies signed a heads of terms for the creation of a new holding company.

CityJet operates a fleet of 44 regional jets on a network of wet lease and scheduled services across Europe.

A statement from the EU said: “The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of a joint venture between Fortress Investment Group, of the U.S., and Air Investment Valencia, of Spain. It will combine the activities of CityJet of Ireland and of Air Nostrum of Spain.”

CityJet employs over 1,200 staff and has wet lease contracts with Air France, Brussels Airlines and SAS with a fleet of over 40 aircraft, operating over 80,000 flights in the last year and carrying over 4.7m passengers.

Air Nostrum manages a fleet of 50 aircraft combining regional jets of the Bombardier CRJ family and ATR72 turboprops under dry lease, wet lease, charter and scheduled services.

Air Nostrum workforce is comprised of 1,450 people and operates to over 60 airports in more than 15 European and African Countries.

The consolidated annual gross revenue of Air Nostrum and CityJet would be in the region of €700m ($777m), derived from a portfolio of wet lease and franchise contracts throughout Europe.

There is no word on when the merger will take place.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com July 29, 2019 15:14