MADRID, June 17 European low-cost airline
Ryanair is interested in participating in the
privatisation of Spanish airport operator AENA, of which the
government wants to sell a minority stake, marketing head Peter
Bellew said on Tuesday.
"We think they should sell out 100 percent of Aena, but we
are interested in the whole process," Bellew told Reuters,
reiterating earlier comments made to Spanish reporters before a
presentation in Madrid.
Ryanair is one of AENA's biggest customers, along with IAG
, the owner of British Airways and Spanish carriers
Iberia and Vueling.
The Spanish government said last week it wanted to sell up
to 49 percent of heavily indebted AENA, the world's biggest
airports operator valued at around 16 billion euros.
It plans to sell 28 percent of AENA, which owns 46 airports
at home and also has international interests, in a public
offering on the Spanish stock exchange and auction an additional
21 percent to long-term investors.
"We meet these conditions. We have the money and we are long
term investors," Bellew said.
Ryanair has liquid assets worth close to 3 billion euros,
including the proceeds of a recent 850 million-euro bond issue,
(Reporting by Robert Hetz; Writing by Tracy Rucinski; Editing
by Greg Mahlich)