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Choose right privatisation process for Air India: IATA chief

The flagship carrier's debt burden is more than Rs 50,000 crore

Press Trust of India  |  Geneva 

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Right privatisation process should be chosen for to make it more competitive, chief Alexandre de Juniac said as he asserted that there is no need for the to own stake in the carrier. Supporting the decision to sell stake in the debt-laden airline, he said the has to find "competitive conditions to give the right weapons to compete against others". is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a grouping of more than 275 worldwide. "We support privatisation of ... then the company has to be privatised in revised conditions to be able to compete effectively," de Juniac told PTI in an interview here. As part of efforts to revive ailing Air India, the is working out the modalities for its strategic disinvestment. The flagship carrier's debt burden is more than Rs 50,000 crore. While noting that there is strong competition in India, especially for long haul, the Director General and CEO, said should have the right weapons to compete. In the context of Air India, de Juniac said the "right process for privatisation" has to be chosen. "There is no need for to have any stake in its airline from my point of view," he said in response to a query on whether there should be a partial or complete stake sale in For financial and other reasons, the privatisation process could also be done in two steps, Juniac noted. "It is possible.

The final target should be complete privatisation even if the process is done in one or two steps," he said. On the issue of overseas entities holding stakes in domestic carriers, de Juniac said that the does not have a particular position on foreign ownership.

First Published: Sun, December 10 2017. 14:30 IST
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