VINCI Airports finalises the takeover of 8 airports in the US, UK, Costa Rica and Sweden
After having met all the condition precedent, VINCI Airports, a VINCI Concessions subsidiary, finalised the acquisition of the airport portfolio held by Airports Worldwide, following the signature of the agreement with previous owner OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), in April 2018.
VINCI Airports thus officially becomes the new operator of eight new platforms: Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland owned at 100%, and Skavsta Airport near Stockholm, Sweden, owned at 90% through freehold property contracts; Orlando-Sanford International Airport in Florida (USA) with a 100% stake, and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia (Costa Rica) with a 45% stake, both through concession contracts; and Hollywood Burbank Airport and Ontario International Airport in California, and Macon Downtown Airport and Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Georgia, through full management contracts.
The Airports Worldwide portfolio also includes partial management contracts for three additional American airports: Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, Raleigh Durham International Airport in North Carolina, and part of the international terminal at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia, the world’s largest airport in terms of traffic.
Regulatory authorities’ approvals mark the start of operations handover to VINCI Airports, in a process delivered in close cooperation with airports employees and business partners. With this major acquisition, VINCI Airports widens its network to 44 airports, while expanding its international reach in the new strategic markets of the United Kingdom and the USA as well as strengthening its presence in Central America. It also increases the number of passengers welcomed in its airports by 21+ million to more than 180 million per year.
As a legally entitled shareholder, the Brazilian company CCR Group exercised its preemption right to acquire the co-controlled 48.40 % stake in Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José, Costa Rica, which were comprised in the Airports Worldwide portfolio. The exercise of this preemption right is submitted to the approval of COPROCOM, the Costa Rica anti-trust entity.