(Photo: Bloomberg)
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Govt to release 1,500 crore to Air India next week, says official

  • Parliament has approved 2,345 crore equity infusion into the national carrier under the second batch of Supplementary Demands 
  • As part of efforts to revive the fortunes of the national carrier, the government has decided to transfer debt worth 29,000 crore

NEW DELHI: The government will release 1,500 crore to Air India next week as part of equity infusion under the turnaround plan, a senior official said Friday.

Parliament has approved 2,345 crore equity infusion into the debt-laden national carrier under the second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants 2018-19.

A civil aviation ministry official said the government would release 1,500 crore to the airline next week. This would be out of the 2,345 crore approved supplementary grant.

When asked whether the ministry has sought more funds for Air India as part of the upcoming interim Budget, the official replied in the negative.

As part of efforts to revive the financial fortunes of the national carrier, the government has decided to transfer debt worth 29,000 crore to Air India Asset Holding Company, a special purpose vehicle.

The airline has debt worth around 55,000 crore.

Air India is staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the previous UPA regime. The carrier is to receive up to 30,231 crore from the government subject to meeting certain performance thresholds. The 10-year bailout package began from 2012.

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