Long-haul budget carrier Norse Atlantic Airways has obtained additional liquidity through a $20 million shareholder loan.

The loan has been granted by Scorpio Holdings and BT Larsen & Co, the two largest shareholders in the airline company.

Scorpio has 21.2% of Norse while BT Larsen – which is controlled by chief executive Bjorn Tore Larsen – has nearly 18.9%.

Norse says the loan provides a “liquidity buffer”, ahead of the cash-generating spring and summer seasons, and adds that it illustrates “continuing strong support” to the airline from its main stakeholders.

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Source: Norse Atlantic Airways

Norse’s largest shareholders have granted the $20m loan facility

The carrier’s cash position at the end of March was $32.6 million.

It says the loan facility – which is on “market terms” and unsecured – is available to mid-October, and it will be able to access the funds immediately if required. Drawn sums will have a 15% annual interest rate.

Norse is expecting a “promising summer”, pointing out that business is improving, with revenues increasing “substantially” over the year so far and “significantly” higher charter income either booked or under discussion.