Romania’s Govt ponders helping private airline Blue Air by becoming its shareholde

Romania’s Government should opt to become a shareholder in the private airline Blue Air in exchange for the EUR 64 million emergency loan the company requested from the state, transport minister Lucian Bode said, according to Economica.net.

The idea hasn’t been discussed with the airline, he added, but he didn’t mention whether he talked about this option with other Government members, according to Romania-Insider.com.

The Government will discuss next week with Blue Air and the state airline Tarom about the emergency loans requested by each of them, totaling some EUR 130 mln. The Government reportedly received European Commission’s approval for this state aid but has not transferred the money to the companies.

Speaking about Tarom, minister Bode said that “under any circumstances,” the company will survive the financial problems it faces. He implied that the main problem is overstaffing and that 600-700 of the total 1,800 employees are redundant.
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