Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:32:28 GMT | By Business Line

Banks give Kingfisher 15 days to come up with revival plan

Mumbai: Banks have told Kingfisher Airlines to come up with a concrete action plan to improve its operations within a fortnight. Currently, the private carrier’s operations are hobbled. Its fleet strength has dropped to 13 from 64 last November.


Banks give Kingfisher 15 days to come up with revival plan

With the debt-laden airline reportedly defaulting on lease rentals of over Rs 1,000 crore, lessors recently repossessed 34 aircraft.
Bankers say that given its current fleet strength and truncated operations schedule, the beleaguered airline cannot be turned around.
While the airline promoter is banking on the proposed liberalisation in foreign direct investment in the aviation sector, bankers' patience appears to be wearing thin. Debtor-creditor meetings held so far have not yielded any result.

Small dent in debt

The airline has been asked to put non-core assets -- Kingfisher House in Mumbai and the promoter's villa in Goa -- on the block. This will lighten its debt burden, but only a tad.

Pointing out that the airline's assets will barely cover 10 per cent of the Rs 7,000 crore,it owes a consortium of 17 banks, a senior public sector bank official said if banks precipitate action then the corporate guarantee and promoter guarantee for loans taken could be invoked.

However, the cash-strapped airline, in a statement, said the meeting with the consortium of bankers was scheduled as an "update meeting" and there was "no discussion on commencement of recovery proceedings".

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