LONDON (AP) -- International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Iberia, is considering a bid to take full control of Spanish low-cost airline Vueling.
IAG already owns nearly 46 percent of Vueling through a stake held by Iberia.
IAG said late-Wednesday that its board would consider a possible takeover bid when it meets Friday.
The company launched a low-cost carrier, Iberia Express, earlier this year, but analysts say that buying Vueling could be a quicker way for IAG to combat competition in Spain's low-cost sector.
IAG shares were down 0.3 percent at 169 pence in early Thursday trading in London.
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