Tuesday, February 25, 2020

With 6 airports already in folio, Adani turns to Air India

New Delhi: The Adani group, which has already won the bid to manage 6 airports, is now all set to join the race of acquiring the state-run airline - Air India. And for this, the conglomerate is planning to submit an expression of interest (EoI) by next month, disclosed a source close to the development.
However, the final decision depends on the outcome of the due diligence post submission of the EoI. Since, after the EoI process only prospective bidders will get access to airline data.
The Adani group is not the only one interested in this complex deal. The Tata group, the Hinduja group, Indigo and a New York-based fund, Interups, are also expected to submit their EoIs. The deadline of submitting the EoI is 17th March.

This is the second attempt made by the Centre to sell the airline after it failed to receive interest in the first round last year.

As a matter of fact, sale of Air India to a private player is important for the central government as it has had to pump in Rs 30,000 crore of tax payer’s money into the airline since 2012. The airline, however, has not made money since the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines in 2007.

Apart from Air India, the government has also offered to sell Air India Express and its 50 per cent stake in Air India SATS Airport Services.
25/02/20 Kanishka Gupta/Business Standard

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