Hanover / Paris, 18 March 2019

TUI Group continues transformation – Clear focus on tourism: Sale of Corsair scheduled airline to INTRO Aviation

  • German aviation investor acquires majority stake in French scheduled carrier
  • Corsair’s Employee Trust Fund and TUI to retain minority stakes
  • Further milestone in the implementation of TUI’s strategy in all business segments

TUI is the world’s leading tourism group. Since 2014, its portfolio of subsidiaries and international shareholdings has been clearly aligned to help implement the Group’s strategy. The Group has now taken the next step towards becoming a “pure play tourism” company with the sale of the French scheduled carrier Corsair. TUI Group has sold a majority stake in its French airline Corsair to German investor INTRO Aviation. INTRO will acquire a 53 per cent stake in Corsair as a first step. Under the agreement, TUI Group will initially retain a minority stake of 27 per cent, while Corsair’s Employee Benefit Trust will retain a 20 per cent stake. The financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed.

The French long-haul scheduled carrier is unable to deliver any synergy effects for TUI Group, TUI tour operators and cruise companies, and the Group’s five European charter airlines. The sale will reduce TUI’s fleet by seven long-haul aircraft: three 747-400s as well as two A330-200s and A330-300s each.

“We are consistently transforming TUI to focus on tourism, its core business. Here, we are investing in hotels and cruise ships, and increasingly in holiday experiences in the destinations. These are segments in which we are growing, and where we are continuing to expand our global activities. We are exiting non-core business areas that do not leverage any synergies for the Group. The sale is the right move for TUI and will also benefit Corsair and its staff,” said TUI CEO Fritz Joussen.

Since the merger and integration of its former subsidiary TUI Travel at the end of 2014, TUI AG has successfully transformed from a trading business to the world’s leading integrated tourism group focusing on hotels, cruise ships and destination activities. This strategy resulted in the sale of numerous non-core subsidiaries and it has increased the Group’s leeway for comprehensive investments in hotels, ships and digital platforms in order to strengthen its future business.

The sale now initiated will create new and sustained prospects for the French airline Corsair and its employees. The investor is specialised on aviation and investments in aviation companies. Corsair’s business will be part of the investor’s core business.

About TUI Group

The TUI Group is the world's leading tourism group and operates worldwide. The Group is headquartered in Germany. The TUI share is listed on the FTSE 250, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and on the Regulated Unofficial Market in Germany.

The TUI Group offers integrated services from a single source for its 28 million customers, 21 million of whom are in the European national companies. The entire tourism value chain is represented under one roof. This includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson and 15 cruise ships, from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 in the luxury class and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and cruise ships at Marella Cruises in England. The Group also includes Europe's leading tour operator brands and online marketing platforms, five airlines with more than 100 modern medium and long-haul aircraft and over 1,000 travel agencies. Besides the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises via successful joint ventures and activities in holiday destinations, TUI is increasingly focusing on the expansion of digital platforms. The Group is transforming itself into a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social action is at the core of our corporate culture. With projects in 25 countries, the TUI Care Foundation initiated by TUI focuses on the positive effects of tourism, education and training and the strengthening of environmental and social standards. It thus supports the development of holiday destinations. The globally active TUI Care Foundation initiates projects that create new opportunities for the next generation.