Macquarie confirmed it has commenced negotiations to sell its 49% stake in Newcastle Airport in the UK (Financial Times, 10-Oct-2010). Negotations are at an early stage. The airport is owned through Macquarie’s controlling stake in Copenhagen International Airport and is reportedly valued at approximately GBP500 million.
Macquarie in negotiations to sell stake in Newcastle airport
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