GoM to discuss AI restructuring plan tomorrow: Patel

GoM to discuss AI restructuring plan tomorrow: Patel

New Delhi: A group of ministers (GoM) will consider Air India’s demand for equity infusion of Rs5,000 crore and its financial restructuring plan at a meeting here tomorrow as the airline has begun implementing a series of measures to reduce costs by Rs3,000 crore annually.

“The GoM on the civil aviation sector, headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, is meeting tomorrow as the government has broadly agreed to support Air India in its restructuring process," Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel said today.

The GoM would also look at a presentation of Air India on its restructuring plan and try to address the issues, keeping in mind the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries, he said.

Patel had last week said in Mumbai that the cash- strapped airline required around 5,000 crore as additional equity infusion, a demand which was being considered by the government.

He said the government and the airline will have to find ways together to find a solution to the current problem.

Patel expressed confidence that the employees of the national carrier would contribute towards restructuring of the airline and work towards cost cutting and revenue enhancement.

Air India is broadly looking at reducing costs by about 000 crore and enhancing revenues by 2000 crore annually, which could lead it on a recovery path, Patel said.