AirAsia buys Batavia Air for $80m
The Malaysia-based airline expects to complete the acquisition, which is subject to Indonesian regulatory approval, by the second quarter of next year as it moves to bolster its presence against fast-growing rivals.
In order to comply with Indonesian ownership law, AirAsia said it will hold 49 percent of Batavia, while 51 per cent will be held by its Indonesian unit, Fersindo.
AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes, who recently announced he was moving to Jakarta to oversee the airline's regional expansion, described the acquisition as a "fantastic opportunity".
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Demand for air travel in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands with a growing middle class among its 240 million population, has been soaring.
The purchase will be carried out in two stages, with the acquisition of a majority 76.95 per cent stake to be followed by the remaining 23.05 per cent held by its existing shareholders, AirAsia said in a statement.
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Posted: 28 Jul 2012 02:55:07