Air India seeks 2000 crore from govt for FY12

Air India seeks 2000 crore from govt for FY12

Mumbai: State-run carrier Air India has sought an additional 2000 crore from the government for FY12, aviation minister Praful Patel said on Monday.

The minister also said fund infusion of 1200 crore is expected in the next few days.

“It is a committment of the government of India to ensure that the national carrier is in good health. Some parameters have already improved, but much more needs to be done," Patel said.

Passenger traffic at Air India rose 13.3% to 9.05 million in April-November, while revenue rose 22.6% to 7250 crore in the period, it said in a press release.

Air India still has debt of about 19000 crore and is trying to cut costs through fleet and route rationalisation.

Patel also said that a debt restructuring plan to reduce the interest burden for Air India was expected to be completed by end January.

Kingfisher Airlines, India’s second largest carrier by market share, is also recasting its debt and plans to convert some of it into equity.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had in September forecast a combined loss of $400 million for Indian airline companies in 2010. The sector posted a combined loss of $1.7 billion in 2009.