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Travel Giant TUI Gets Third German Bailout in $2.2 Billion Deal

(Bloomberg) — TUI AG, the world’s biggest tour operator, will receive 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in bailout funds after securing a third tranche of aid from the German government, together with cash from private investors.



a plane parked on the side of a road: SEATTLE, WA - MAY 31: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes from TUI Airways sit parked in a parking lot at a Boeing facility adjacent to King County International Airport, known as Boeing Field, on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have been grounded following two fatal crashes in which 346 passengers and crew were killed in October 2018 and March 2019. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)


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SEATTLE, WA – MAY 31: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes from TUI Airways sit parked in a parking lot at a Boeing facility adjacent to King County International Airport, known as Boeing Field, on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have been grounded following two fatal crashes in which 346 passengers and crew were killed in October 2018 and March 2019. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

The funding will comprise 1.3 billion euros from the state, via federal rescue fund WSF and state run KfW bank, together with 500 million euros through a capital increase, Hanover-based TUI said in a statement Wednesday.

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TUI appealed for additional aid after a new wave of virus lockdowns in Europe wiped out a hoped-for surge in late summer travel while stunting bookings for winter getaways and ski breaks. The bailout, which extends rescue funds to 4.8 billion euros, was delayed by a debate over what conditions the state should attach, especially in relation to 8,000 planned job cuts.

Shares of TUI traded 1% higher as of 2:55 p.m. in London, where they have their main listing, paring the decline this year to 46%.

TUI was already Germany’s second-biggest coronavirus-bailout recipient, topped only by Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Companies spanning sportswear producer Adidas AG to forklift maker Kion Group AG have already paid back aid or are in the process of doing so.

While the imminent start of Covid-19 vaccine distribution is positive for TUI, people are booking far later for vacations in response to ever-changing travel curbs, delaying revenue flows. It has also re-booked many customers from the summer just gone, from whom it won’t be getting extra cash.

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