Lufthansa will become bmi's main shareholder with an 80% stake following the decision by bmi Chairman Michael Bishop to exercise his put option requiring LH to purchase his 50%-plus-one-share of the carrier he helped to found more than 30 years ago. The deal makes Lufthansa the second-largest slot holder at London Heathrow behind British Airways with a 12% share. The option, which was part of a 1999 agreement that gave LH a 10% share in bmi, was exercised three weeks ago but the action was ...

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