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Webjet Buys Online Republic for $79m

Mike Ballantyne, Online Republic
Mike Ballantyne, Online Republic

Webjet has bought OTA Online Republic for A$79m.

Though it's HQ is in Auckland, Online Republic does more 90% of its NZ$200m annual sales in Oz.

It has three main divisions: Cruise Republic, Car Rental Republic and Motorhome Republic.

Management will stay on post-Webjet with 22% of the purchase price taken in shares.

See background story.

Growth Slows In 2016 for SEA Budget Carriers

The spectacular fleet growth of Low Cost Carriers in Southeast Asia – clocked at 50% since the beginning of 2013 – will slow to a relative 10% crawl this year, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation predicts. CAPA says there are now 21 LCCs in Southeast Asia operating 600 aircraft and that growth will be fastest in the less penetrated medium haul segment. See story.

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When: Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016
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  • Greg Carter, co-Founder, Chimu Adventures
  • Gerry Comninos, CEO, RMS
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