France, Brussels agree on Air France-KLM refinancing: minister
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PARIS -The French government has reached the outline of a deal with the European Commission on a state-backed refinancing package to help strengthen Air France-KLM’s balance sheet, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.
Le Maire, speaking on LCI TV, declined to comment on the amount involved. He confirmed that the airline group’s board was due to meet on Monday to discuss and approve the package, as successive coronavirus shutdowns take their toll.
Air France-KLM, which last year received 10.4 billion euros ($12.2 billion) in government-backed loans, has been discussing a multi-stage recapitalisation plan to lighten the resulting debt load, sources have said
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This will likely involve converting a 3 billion-euro French government loan into hybrid instruments.
But the plan had been held up by wrangling over EU demands that Air France give up Paris-Orly take-off and landing slots as a condition.