- ECB for Working Capital Allowed in Civil Aviation
- Direct Import of ATF by Indian Carrierspermitted
- 49% Participation in Equity by Foreign Airlines Under Consideration
Presenting the General Budget 2012-13 in LokSabhatoday, the Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee proposed permission of External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) for working capital requirement of the airline industry for one year subject to total ceiling of US $ 1 billion. The Finance Minister said that this was to address the immediate financing concerns of the Civil Aviation sector, which is facing financial crisis.
In order to reduce the cost of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), which largely contributes to the high operating cost of the civil aviation sector, the Finance Minister stated that the Government has permitted direct import of ATF by Indian Carriers, as actual users.
Shri Mukherjee informed that a proposal to allow 49% equity participation by foreign airlines engaged in operation of scheduled in non-scheduled air transport services is under active consideration of the Government.