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Korean Air plans to raise US$817 million to stay afloat as flag carrier

KOREAN Air Lines plans to sell new shares to raise about KWN1 trillion won (US$817 million) after the coronavirus outbreak wiped out 90 per cent of its flights, reports Bloomberg

19 May 2020 - 19:00

KOREAN Air Lines plans to sell new shares to raise about KWN1 trillion won (US$817 million) after the coronavirus outbreak wiped out 90 per cent of its flights, reports Bloomberg.

The carrier aims to sell about 79.4 million new shares to existing holders in July, it said. The price is initially estimated at 12,600 won a share, with the final level to be determined on July 6. Korean Air, which has slumped 36 per cent this year, closed at KWN18,200.



Airlines globally are seeking funds after the virus plunged aviation into crisis. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says airlines could require as much as US$200 billion in government aid and bailout measures this year to survive, while CAPA Centre of Aviation has warned the pandemic will bankrupt most carriers by the end of May if they don't get support.



Korean Air also said it will get 1.2 trillion won in loans from Korea Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of Korea. The state-run lenders last month agreed to provide the funds on condition that Korean Air sold new shares.



Korean Air employees have taken pay cuts of as much as 50 per cent, while more than two-thirds have gone on leave for six months as part of the company's efforts to lower costs. The airline is also selling non-core assets to raise funds.


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