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Qatar Airways still keen to buy stake in Indigo

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RAJESH KUMAR SINGH AND P R SANJAI
Published Nov 8, 2019, 1:10 am IST
Updated Nov 8, 2019, 1:10 am IST
India has been trying to sell Air India to help raise funds to bridge a budget shortfall.
The company, which signed a code-share partnership with IndiGo’s owner, Interglobe Aviation, on Thursday, first showed interest in acquiring a stake in 2015.
 The company, which signed a code-share partnership with IndiGo’s owner, Interglobe Aviation, on Thursday, first showed interest in acquiring a stake in 2015.

Qatar Airways reiterated it is keen to buy a stake in IndiGo, India’s biggest airline, to help the Doha-based company bolster its presence in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market.

The company, which signed a code-share partnership with IndiGo’s owner, Interglobe Aviation, on Thursday, first showed interest in acquiring a stake in 2015.

 

The one-way codeshare agreement will enable Qatar Airways to put its passengers on the Indian carrier’s flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Qatar Airways will still wait for a battle between IndiGo’s shareholders to end before it announces any decision, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in New Delhi.

The company has no interest in buying the government’s stake in flag carrier Air India, he said.

A stake in an Indian carrier will help Qatar Airways to compete with its Middle Eastern rivals by expanding in a market where air-travel penetration remains low. IndiGo has emerged as the biggest Indian airline following the collapse of Jet Airways India. Last week, IndiGo ordered 300 narrow-body jets from Airbus SE — one of the European plane maker’s biggest ever deals.

India has been trying to sell Air India to help raise funds to bridge a budget shortfall. An attempt made to sell the carrier last year failed as no one showed interest in the airline.

“No, we are only interested in IndiGo,” Al Baker said when asked if Qatar Airways will be interested in buying state-run Air India.
— Bloomberg

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