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Govt plans to split Air India into 4 entities ahead of sale: Report

The debt-laden airline would be divided into core airline business, regional arm, ground handling and engineering operations, the report added.

business Updated: Jan 16, 2018 07:21 IST
Air India employees gather around a newly acquired Air India B-787 Dreamliner aircraft after it landed at the airport in Mumbai in Sept. 2012.
Air India employees gather around a newly acquired Air India B-787 Dreamliner aircraft after it landed at the airport in Mumbai in Sept. 2012. (PTI)

The government will split national carrier Air India into four separate companies and offer at least 51% in each of them as part of a divestment plan, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

The debt-laden airline would be divided into core airline business, regional arm, ground handling and engineering operations, the report added.

The core airline business comprising Air India and Air India Express, the low-cost overseas arm, will be offered as one company, and the process will be completed by the end of 2018, Bloomberg reported, Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation.

“The aviation sector is a very fast growing sector, with really exciting opportunities for all participants, so we felt all of this will unlock growth and competitiveness of Air India group,” Sinha told Bloomberg. “We expect it to be a very bright future for its employees.”

Last week, India had cleared a proposal to allow foreign investors to own up to 49 percent in the carrier.

Air India could not be immediately contacted for comments.