London City airport is reported to have attracted attention from two potential suitors after its owners signalled a £2 billion sale.
According to the Daily Telegraph a consortium including the Kuwait sovereign wealth fund is gearing up to make a bid along with the Australian investment group Macquarie.
The Kuwait consortium consists of Wren House Infrastructure Management, an investment vehicle owned by the Kuwait Investment Authority, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which owns Bristol airport, and investment firm Hermes, according to the newspaper.
A bidding war is expected for the airport which was bought by Global Infrastructure Partners, the owners of Gatwick nine years ago for £750 million.
Earlier this week it was reported that London City had hired Credit Suisse to advice on the deal.
The Telegraph said the sale of London City is likely to be complicated by uncertainty over its £200 million planned expansion after London mayor Boris Johnson blocked plans to grow the airport this year.
None of the potential suitors named by the Telegraph were prepared to comment.
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