GIP Buying AIG Stake in London’s City Airport

LONDON (Reuters) – American International Group (AIG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the stricken U.S. insurance group, has agreed to sell part of its minority interest in London’s City Airport to its joint-venture partner, Britain’s Sunday Telegraph reported.

AIG will sell a 25 percent stake in the airport, the fastest-growing in Britain, for about 250 million pounds ($460 million) to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), the newspaper said.

GIP is an investment fund whose shareholders are Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and General Electric (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

GIP and AIG Financial Products Corp, the arm of AIG which participated in the deal, paid just under 750 million pounds for the airport in December 2006, since when passenger numbers have soared and profit has almost doubled.

AIG, City Airport and GIP all declined to comment.

AIG, once the world’s largest insurer, was forced to seek a U.S. government rescue earlier this month after ratings agencies slashed its credit ratings, forcing it to post billions of dollars in collateral on derivatives contracts it insured. (Reporting by Ben Hirschler; Editing by Paul Bolding)