Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that people are very interested in acquiring national carrier Air India and he has been receiving calls from all over the world in this regard.
He also said it was clear that there should be total privatisation of the national airline and “we have to get the best possible deal” in the shortest time available.
This is a second attempt by the Modi government to privatise the cash-strapped Air India. Its efforts to sell 76 per cent stake failed in 2018.
“Are people interested in acquiring Air India? I would say yes. Very much so. Why are they keen on acquiring it?…(Because) it is a first rate airline, and whoever acquires it will be very fortunate and well…he will be (able to) run it according to private sector principles,” the minister told a press conference here after a media workshop for civil aviation correspondents.