Copa bids for Avianca merger

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Copa bids for Avianca merger

COPA Airlines  is looking to  spread its wings with an offer of  cash and shares to merge with Colombian airlines rival Avianca.

The New York Times reports  that the offer was formalized at the end of last week.  It must be be accepted or rejected by Tuesday December 13.

Delta Airlines and United Airlines have also  made  bids.

Avianca, with headquarters in Bogota, is looking for an international partner that will help it to strengthen its balance sheet and to foster growth.

Avianca has a staff of 20,000, flies to 100 destinations in 28 countries and has 180 aircraft.

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