Friday, January 9, 2009

Foreign carriers may soon buy stake in Indian airlines

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) Foreign airlines may soon be allowed to buy equity
stake in domestic carriers, a senior government official said here Wednesday.�We
are in talks with the industry stakeholders. We have to first evaluate how much
additional investment we need in the form of FDI in the aviation sector,�
Aviation Secretary M. Madhavan Nambiar said at the Indo-US Chambers of Commerce

Though foreign investment is allowed up to 49 percent in Indian air
operators, foreign carriers are still barred from owning stake in domestic

Many foreign carriers, however, have shown interest in owning stake in
Indian airlines.

Nambiar added that the government would sign a bilateral safety agreement
with the US next year, which would help the two countries share their

The Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) is expected to help Indian
companies market their products more effectively in global level, an aviation
ministry official said.

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