Gatwick Airport “partnership” coup for Vinci. Now to maximise the asset

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Immediately following the Christmas vacation break in the U.S., UK and France, Vinci Airports announced plans to acquire a 50.01% majority freehold shareholding in London Gatwick Airport, the second busiest serving the UK capital and in the country.

The aggressive Vinci Airports - one of the most significant airport operators in the world now - has long coveted a big primary European gateway airport like Gatwick and will surely be in the frame for the sale of the French government's share in Groupe ADP in France where it is already a minor shareholder. Its busiest airport in Europe currently is Lisbon but its last deal was for the much smaller Belgrade Airport.

But while most of the Gatwick indicators are positive, the big challenge for Vinci will be to achieve the upside it anticipates.

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