Journey firm Transat AT Inc. says it has reached a cope with Ottawa to borrow as much as $700 million, almost half of which is able to go towards refunding travellers for cancelled flights.
The reimbursement for patrons who have been scheduled to depart on or after Feb. 1, 2020, will start instantly, the airline says.
The cash will come by the federal authorities’s Massive Employer Emergency Financing Facility, the identical program used to assist Air Canada.
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“The settlement reached with the federal government of Canada offers us with an extra $700 million in liquidity, which is the quantity we wanted to maneuver ahead with confidence,” Transat chief government Jean-Marc Eustache mentioned in a press release Thursday.
“Our robust steadiness sheet previous to the pandemic and the aggressive actions now we have taken since have enabled us to climate this unprecedented disaster to date. With this assist, we now look ahead to resuming operations as quickly as protected journey is feasible and journey restrictions could be lifted.”
Transat mentioned $390 million will likely be used to assist assist its enterprise, whereas $310 million will likely be used to supply reimbursements to travellers.
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In reference to the financing, Transat issued the federal government 13 million warrants for the acquisition of Transat shares at an train worth of $4.50 per share.
Transat has additionally agreed to restrictions on dividends, inventory repurchases and government compensation in addition to to take care of lively employment on the stage of Wednesday.
Transat has endured a tricky yr, suspending all flights following the federal authorities’s request in January to cease journey to Mexico and the Caribbean as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
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Air Canada and Transat introduced earlier this month that the 2 Montreal-based firms had agreed to name off a deal that may have seen the nation’s largest airline purchase its smaller rival.
Initiated two years in the past, the takeover was priced at $720 million earlier than shrinking to $190 million as COVID-19 pounded the transport sector, in the end dying out on April 2.
Transat says refund eligibility standards is accessible on-line.
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