Wednesday, August 05, 2020

IndiGo Plans to Raise $268 Million Via Sale, Leaseback of Aircraft and other Assets

IndiGo, India's largest airline, said on Wednesday it planned to raise at least 20 billion rupees ($268 million) through the sale and leaseback of planes and other assets, after reporting its steepest quarterly loss in at least five years.

Chief Financial Officer Aditya Pande said the airline, owned by Interglobe Aviation Ltd, would consider raising even more than 20 billion rupees and the board would meet on Thursday to discuss this.

"Managing cash continues to remain our primary focus and we continue to work with all our stakeholders to raise liquidity," Pande told analysts on a call, adding it was in advanced talks on selling and leasing back some of its unencumbered assets.

Pande did not say how much additional cash the airline could raise on top of the 20 billion rupees announced on Wednesday.

Airlines globally are looking for ways to boost their finances after the coronavirus crisis kept travellers at home. The airline industry body IATA forecasts passenger traffic will not return to pre-crisis levels until 2024.

Indigo temporarily halted operations in March when India began a two-month lockdown, at a time when the carrier was already grappling with higher maintenance costs and weak demand. It has been slowly rebuilding its schedule.
03/09/20 News18
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