Govt likely to decide on aviation FDI on Thursday - official

NEW DELHI Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:09am IST

A passenger aircraft is silhouetted against the setting sun in New Delhi October 12, 2008. REUTERS/B Mathur/Files

A passenger aircraft is silhouetted against the setting sun in New Delhi October 12, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/B Mathur/Files

Stocks

   

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The government is likely to decide on a proposal to allow foreign carriers to invest in local airlines as early as Thursday, a senior government official said, which could provide a lifeline to cash-starved and debt-laden carriers like Kingfisher Airlines (KING.NS).

"The decision is imminent," said the official at Department Of Industrial Policy and Promotion, referring to a proposal to allow foreign carriers to invest in local airlines.

"It may be as soon as Thursday."

He, however, declined to say what the proposed foreign investment cap would be.

Indian airlines have been battered by rising fuel costs, high taxes and fierce competition in a market where five of the six main operators are losing money.

India currently bars foreign airlines from picking up stake in Indian carriers, although foreign investors are allowed to hold a cumulative 49 percent.

The country's civil aviation ministry had in January recommended that the government allow foreign airlines to buy stakes of up to 49 percent in Indian carriers. The proposal, however, needs approvals from the trade ministry and the union cabinet to become law.

Kingfisher Airlines, which has a debt load of $1.3 billion, has said foreign airlines have expressed interest to invest in the company, and that those investors are just awaiting a formal government approval.

Kingfisher shares, which were down as much as 4.6 percent earlier in the day, closed 7.5 percent up at 18.60 rupees on Tuesday on the National Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Matthias Williams; writing by Anurag Kotoky; editing by Malini Menon)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Kerry in India

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Deadly Landslide

Deadly Landslide

Landslide near Pune kills 10, scores feared trapped.  Full Article 

Fed Policy

Fed Policy

Fed presses forward with bond buying, cites uptick in inflation.  Full Article 

Big Infra Deal

Big Infra Deal

Piramal, Dutch APG tie up for $1 bln infra investment  Full Article 

E-Commerce

E-Commerce

Amazon says to invest $2 billion more in India   Full Article 

Lupin Results

Lupin Results

Q1 net profit up 56 percent on higher U.S. drug sales   Full Article 

Smuggling Gold

Smuggling Gold

Air India staff found smuggling gold  Full Article 

Economy Reboots

Economy Reboots

U.S. economy back on track with strong second-quarter rebound .  Full Article 

Auto Sector

Auto Sector

VW closes in on Toyota as global auto leader  Full Article 

Expanding Reach

Expanding Reach

Tata to invest $35 bln over 3 years, focus on new businesses   Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage