The sale of Austrian budget airline Niki to IAG, the owners of British Airways, is in doubt after Fairplane, a group representing airline passengers, filed a legal case to recover more than a million euros ($1.2 million) that it says Niki owes to customers.
Though the sum is relatively small, it could desrupt the €20-million sale that was agreed last week which would see Niki’s operations transferred to IAG’s low-cost operator Vueling. IAG is to provide another €16.5 million in additional liquidity. Niki spokesman Ronald Schmid confirmed that “If the complaint before the Charlottenburg Court (in Berlin) succeeds, the sale of Niki to IAG would be greatly endangered.”
IAG is planning to retain around 740 of the Niki employees of 1000, when the takeover is complete, which IAG still hopes to complete by the end of February. A ruling by the court on the case is due later this week.