‘Our rating is higher than the Spanish treasury’, says Aena boss

The Telegraph | Nov 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM
  • No matter how big the personalities of the board of Aena, the €22bn (£20bn) airport owner, Maurici Lucena Betriu has made it clear where their footballing loyalties should lie.
  • With plans to build a third runway looking like little more than a pipe dream, what was Europe’s busiest airport is laden with £17.5bn of debts, and recently became embroiled in a bitter row with the British aviation regulator over the latter’s refusal to increase airport charges by £1.7bn to compensate for Covid losses.
  • Although Aena may have navigated the crisis better than some of its rivals, there is little doubt that the pandemic is squeezing the aviation industry and will continue to do so for years to come.