Greece considers listing 30% stake in Athens airport

A passenger wearing protective face mask looks on at the Athens International airport, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece, March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Greece is considering listing a 30% stake in Athens International Airport, a government official said on Wednesday, after a review of the ownership of the country's biggest airport.

Greece owns 55% of the airport and the country's privatisation agency (HRADF) had shortlisted nine investors as part of a tender for the sale of a 30% stake, but the government is now looking at a listing on the Athens stock exchange, Alex Patelis, the Greek prime minister's chief economic advisor, told Real FM radio station.

Athens has been reviewing the sale since the COVID-19 outbreak brought world travel to a standstill early in 2020. read more

Greece's stake in the airport is held through HRADF and another state-owned entity. A private Germany-based airport manager, AviAlliance owns 40% of the company's shares.

Reporting Renee Maltezou; Writing by Angeliki Koutantou;Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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