The British government has been wrestling for a couple of weeks over what form to make airline assistance available. Although it has already introduced measures such as deferment of passenger APD, these small tidbits of relief were thought to be merely the tip of the iceberg.The UK’s problem isn’t just about who to give money to, how much to give them and in what form it will be. There’s also an issue around how they get out again and, hopefully, get some of its taxpayers’ money back into the national coffers.
A share purchase agreement, where it would look to retain shares for a fixed period and then sell them back to the airline, would meet this criteria perfectly. But, like any investor dabbling in the markets, the government needs to be sure it is investing in a healthy, solid company that will bring it a worthwhile return.
As the UK’s airlines grow more desperate for news, I think we’re only days, if not hours, away from an announcement. Hopefully, the delay has been to ensure our money is going the right way.
Collected and summarized from the source below by Quynh Hoa https://simpleflying.com/the-awkward-reason-why-the-uk-government-cant-make-a-decision-on-airline-bailout/