Peel sells airports stake to Vancouver Airport Services

23.6.2010 (FT)

by Andrew Bounds

Peel Holdings, the private infrastructure company, has agreed to sell a 65% stake
in its airports business to Vancouver Airport Services (VAS), the Canadian operator.

Peel Airports owns Liverpool John Lennon airport, Robin Hood airport near Doncaster
and has a 75 per cent stake in Durham Tees Valley airport.

It has been looking for a strategic partner as the recession has hit traffic
at the airports, which rely heavily on charter flights and low-cost airlines.

VAS, which is jointly owned by Vancouver Airport Authority and Citi Infrastructure
Investors, operates 16 airports around the world.

In 2009 its network of airports handled 28.5m passengers and reported revenue
of more than C$530m (US$514m, £350m). Craig Richmond, who was running Nassau airport
in the Bahamas for VAS, will replace Mark Whitworth as chief executive of Peel

George Casey, president and chief executive of VAS, said it had "a strong track
record of investing in and providing value-added management services for airports
around the world".

John Whittaker, Peel chairman, said: "The retention of a significant investment
in the joint venture, together with our associated airport-related property, is
in line with our strategy of creating long-term partnerships to unlock value from
the relationship between our diverse infrastructure, transport and real estate

Peel has invested heavily in its airports as Liverpool has expanded its capacity
and increased annual passenger numbers to 5m.   The latest accounts, for the year to March 2009, showed a 9% fall in turnover
from £53.4m to £48m, with pre-tax losses widening from £4.6m to £13m.  Net debt
grew to £105.5m.


and Liverpool Echo

Canadian firm Vancouver Airport Services buys Liverpool John Lennon Airport

LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport (JLA) has today been bought by a Canadian firm.

Vancouver Airport Services, which already owns 18 airports across three continents,
has purchased 65% of JLA’s owner, Peel Airports.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Peel also owns Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, Durham Tees Valley Airport
and City Airport near Manchester.

It recorded annual losses of £13.1m in its most recent accounts, for the year
to March, 2009, and last year announced that it was looking for potential investors.