EasyJet founder says will not inject fresh equity into company

EasyJet founder says will not inject fresh equity into company

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FILE PHOTO: Easyjet planes are seen parked, as Schiphol Airport reduces its flights due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

REUTERS: Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of easyJet Plc , has warned that he will not inject any fresh equity into the airline it terminates a contract with Airbus SE for 4.5 billion pounds (US$5.50 billion), according to a letter posted on EasyGroup's website.

In his letter, Haji-Ioannou has also called for removal of easyJet's Chief Financial Officer Andrew Findlay, after earlier calling for a board meeting on a vote to remove Andreas Bierwirth as a director, which was rejected by easyJet.

Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/File Photo

"If this 4.5 billion pound liability to Airbus is preserved - and not cancelled - by the easyJet board then, I regret to report, easyJet will run out of money around August 2020, perhaps even earlier," the founder said in his letter.

"I will certainly not be throwing good money after bad. For the avoidance of doubt, I will not inject any fresh equity in easyJet whilst the Airbus liability is in place."

He also stated that he will continue to call for the removal of more directors every time the company delays the vote.

He also wants easyJet to reduce its fleet size to 250 aircraft from 350, adding that the airline will not need any more additional new planes for many years to come.

Source: Reuters