Air India to sell flats, plots and more
National carrier Air India Monday sought bids for the sale of 14 properties, through which the debt-laden airline aims to raise Rs 250 crore, a senior airline official said. The government is looking to bolster the fortunes of the state-run carrier after the proposed strategic stake sale failed to take off in May.
Against this backdrop, efforts are continuing for the sale of the airline’s non-core assets.
The properties, spread across Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune and Amritsar, include commercial and residential land as well as residential flats, according to an advertisement in a business daily.
The last date for participating in the bids is November 1, according to the advertisement. “We expect to mop up around Rs 250 crore from sale of these properties,” the official told media.
Air India’s debt burden is estimated to be more than Rs 50,000 crore, besides huge accumulated losses.
According to its audited accounts, the airline’s total losses stood at Rs 47,145.62 crore in 2016-17. The Centre had in 2012 approved monetisation of real estate assets in Air India to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore over the next 10-year period, with an annual target of Rs 500 crore from FY13 onwards.
The government had in May said that Air India has mopped up Rs 543.03 crore from monetisation of its assets in prime locations such as Mumbai and Chennai.