India allows $1 bln overseas borrowing for airline industry

NEW DELHI Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:34pm IST

A plane prepares to land at an airport in New Delhi June 4, 2008. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

A plane prepares to land at an airport in New Delhi June 4, 2008.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has allowed aviation companies to borrow up to $1 billion from overseas to meet their working capital requirement for one year, the finance ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had proposed the move in his federal budget for 2012/13 that was announced in March.

The statement also said the Reserve Bank of India would consider relaxation in average maturity of overseas borrowing above $20 million from 5 to 3 years for the aviation sector.

(Reporting by Arup Roychoudhury; editing by Malini Menon)

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