Avianca Brasil Assets Auctioned to GOL and LATAM

A LATAM Brasil A319 (Photo: Rafael Luiz Canossa (A319 LATAM SBPA) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Avianca Brasil’s asset auction took place generating more than US$147 million this week. Azul, GOL and LATAM were eligible to take part in the dispute but only GOL and LATAM came to bid. Azul said it would not participate “for not believing in the legitimacy of the process.”

As part of its recovery plan, the company has proposed dilution of its assets between 7 Isolated Productive Units (UPIs), auctioned in batches. Within these UPIs, slots are considered the main attraction for buyers. The auction is considered essential so that the company can raise the necessary resources to avoid bankruptcy.

Avianca Brasil has been in the process of judicial recovery since the end of last year, and it holds auctions on its assets, including timetables for landings and take-offs (slots), even after the São Paulo Court of Justice authorized the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to redistribute them among other airlines.

The sale of slots is prohibited in Brazil. By law, the distribution of these landing and take-off rights from one company to another can only be made by ANAC. However, it is permissible for companies in the same group to transfer slots to each other and, therefore, the transfer of Avianca slots to the UPIs is legal.

At the end of June, ANAC was barred from redistributing slots on the grounds that, without flight schedules, the company would not have relevant assets to auction.

The results of the auction were the following:

Batch A – GOL won for US$ 70 million. The batch consists of 20 slots at GRU, 12 at SDU, and 18 at CGH.

Batch B – LATAM won for US$ 70 million. The batch consists of 26 slots at GRU, eight slots at SDU, and 15 at CGH.

Batch C – LATAM won for US$ 10 million. The batch consists of six slots at GRU, six slots at SDU, and eight slots at CGH.

Batch D – GOL won for US$ 10 million. The batch consists of six slots at GRU, four slots at SDU, and four slots at CGH.

Batch E – GOL won for US$ 7.3 million. The batch consists of six slots at GRU, four slots at SDU, and nine slots at CGH.

Batches F and G did not receive any offers.

Peter Biondi

Peter Biondi has a degree in journalism and a master’s degree in airline/airport management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a former professor of Airline Management, Airline Marketing, Airport Management, Aviation safety, and Introduction to the Aviation Industry. He is an IATA instructor in airline business foundation. He has worked as an aviation consultant, analyst, researcher, journalist and professor. His professional experience includes Varig – Brazilian Airlines, KLM, and British Airways. Before moving to the US, he lived in Europe and South America. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.
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