Flylolo, a flight operator specialising in purchasing seats on ‘peak season’ flights and selling them to individuals and families at reduced rates, is flying high following the granting of a revolving credit facility provided by Reward Finance Group, with the help of Liquidity Club who facilitated the transaction.
Typically operating from smaller regional airports, such as Southampton and flying to Greece and the Canaries, Flylolo buys aircraft seats in bulk, as soon as they are released, in order to obtain the best prices.
Complex Cash Flows
Parisa Lian of alternative SME funder, Reward Finance, who arranged the credit facility, recognised the challenge for the company.
“As the awareness and reputation of Flylolo has grown, so have sales of its lower priced ‘holiday season’ seats. To satisfy the growing demand, the company needed additional cash to buy increasing numbers of tickets early in the season. With a relatively long period from purchase to payment means the amount of tickets they can buy is restricted by the amount of cash available. As a proven and growing business we were keen to help Flylolo enjoy even greater success by plugging the working capital requirement until payment for the seats is received.”
Managing director of Flylolo, Steven Dendle, who has extensive experience of the travel and airline industry, is looking forward to building on its success.
“Every year we hear about families who have to pay inflated prices to go abroad during the school holidays, whether it is Easter, summer or Christmas. Therefore the principle of our business is straightforward. By purchasing seats on flights in bulk, when they are at their cheapest, we can pass some of these savings on to our customers. Parisa and Reward have been a real asset to our team. I have been impressed with the way the deal has been structured by using existing assets to leverage cash. The new credit facility has allowed us to take advantage of purchase opportunities which are crucial to our business.”
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