Delhi: The government will take a call on making an initial public offer (IPO)
for the newly formed National Aviation Company of India Ltd (Nacil) sometime in
the next six months, civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, said Tuesday. Nacil
came into existence following the merger of two state-run air carriers, Air India
and Indian, and their subsidiaries earlier this year.
merged entity flies under the Air India brand name.
Air-India and Indian merger has taken place recently and we may issue an IPO after
six months. We will review the progress of the merger and take a call after six
months,'' said Patel. "The IPO would depend on the ''market environment,'' he
about increasing the foreign direct investment cap in the aviation industry, the
minister said a proposal to enhance the cap from 49 per cent to 74 per cent was
before the union cabinet.
also told reporters that the bidding process for Navi Mumbai airport is likely
to be over by 2008. "The Maharashtra government-run company CIDCO, which
is developing the airport, is appointing a technical consultant. The Union cabinet
has already given in-principle approval to the project. By next calendar year,
the bidding process should be completed," Patel told reporters here.