Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Govt to revamp Air India finances to ensure airline has tenable debt: Garg

New Delhi: The government is working on restructuring national Air India's finances to ensure that the airline has "sustainable debt", Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said.

The debt burden of the national carrier, which is grappling with tough business conditions, is estimated to be more than Rs 500 billion.

Earlier this year, the government's efforts for strategic disinvestment of debt-laden Air India failed to take off.

"What government is doing in Air India is to restructure the finance of Air India in a way that Air India is there with a sustainable level of debt. Whatever is the excess unsustainable debt (it) will be taken out... Air India with sustainable debt will work as a viable entity," Garg told PTI in an interview.
Further, he said that the airline's unsustainable debt would have to be placed in some special purpose vehicle.

After the proposed strategic disinvestment of Air India did not find any takers in May, the government has been looking at ways, including the sale of non-core assets, to bolster the carrier's fortunes.
26/09/18 PTI/Business Standard
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