The SEPI approves the rescue of the regional airline Air Nostrum for 111 million

The management council of the Solvency Support Fund for Strategic Companies has approved the granting of a aid of 111 million euros to the regional airline Air Nostrumwhich will be channeled entirely through a participatory loan, according to Europa Press.

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The operation has been approved by the managing board of the fund, managed by the State Industrial Holding Company (SEPI), "after an exhaustive and rigorous process of analyzing the economic and legal situation of the company, the impact it has suffered due to the Covid-19, the viability plan presented by Air Nostrum as well as the group's evolution prospects and the guarantees provided to ensure the return of the temporary public financial support it will receive", according to SEPI in a statement.

The company is made up of the parent holding company Air Investment Valencia and its subsidiaries Air Nostrum Líneas Aéreas Del Mediterráneo, Air Nostrum Engineering And Maintenance Operations, Air Nostrum Global Services, Ara Gestion De Tripulaciones y Vuelo and Air Nostrum Training Operations.

Air Nostrum is an airline specialized in passenger transport. It was established in 1994 with the aim of launching the first private regional aviation project in Spain. The group has four other lines of business, management support and consultancy services, aircraft maintenance, aeronautical training and comprehensive crew management and scheduling.

The SEPI points out that the company is the leader in regional air transport in Spain and one of the five most important companies in the Valencian Community. Its activity plays "a very relevant role as an economic engine, generating added value and employment".

Air Nostrum is also relevant in other areas, as it is a feeder and distributor of traffic for the Iberia group in the Madrid 'Hub'. In addition, it contributes to the development of national tourism and is considered "as a backbone airline of Spain in niche markets, ultra-peripheral communities and routes in Public Service Obligation".

A staff of 1,400 people

The airline's turnover rose to 539 million euros at the end of 2019, which, together with its national workforce of 1,400 direct employees and 2,100 indirect employees, shows its impact on the Spanish workforce.

The health crisis caused a 40% drop in company sales in 2020 compared to 2019 and 82.25 million euros in gross operating profit (Ebitda), which meant losses of 144 million euros and put the company in a situation of equity deficit.

This new operation of the Business Solvency Support Fund will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for authorization and will thus be added to the 21 already authorized for Air Europa, Ávoris Corporación Empresarial, Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas, Duro Felguera, Tubos Reunidos, Rugui Steel , Hotusa, Grupo Airtificial, Grupo Serhs and Reinosa Forgings & Castings, Grupo Losán, Grupo Soho Boutique Hotels, Grupo Abades, Técnicas Reunidas, Grupo Wamos, Eurodivisas, Grupo Ferroatlántica, Grupo Inversor Hesperia (GIHSA), Grupo Abba, Grupo Julià and Grupo Mediterranean.

The aid comes from the aforementioned Solvency Support Fund, a tool that seeks to protect economic activity and employment in Spanish companies while the impact of the pandemic lasts. It is one of the instruments

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