Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Air India, Vistara tells CCI that merger won’t have adverse impact

Air India and Vistara have told competition watchdog Competition Commission of India that there will be no adverse impact on competition due to their merger. It added that they have rivals in all the routes that the combined entity would fly. This comes after media reports stated last month that the CCI had sought an explanation from Air India on why investigation into its merger with Vistara should not be conducted. 

The airlines said that the CCI scrutiny would not have any material business impact on their operations, however, the timeline could be impacted, as per a report in The Economic Times.

Air India and Vistara have now moved to the second phase and more discussions between the parties and the CCI are likely to ensue. The CCI has not given expedited permission for the merger.

Air India also told the commission that there is no business cost difference between a full-service and a low-cost airline since they fly out of common airports and bear the same fuel, landing and parking charges. 

The new entity is expected to have 49 per cent of the total flights in the Delhi-Mumbai route, while IndiGo has 31 per cent. The entity would have 23 per cent of total flights in the Delhi-Dubai route, where IndiGo, Emirates and SpiceJet have a significant presence too. 

The Tata Group-owned Air India has ambitious plans to modernise its fleet, operational systems and revenue management. With the merger, the carrier would become the only full-service airline operating in India. 

05/07/2023 Business Today

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