Airline stocks lose momentum

FM said proposal to allow foreign airlines to participate in India is being considered.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: March 16, 2012 12:01 pm

Shares of three listed airlines,Kingfisher Airlines,Jet Airways and SpiceJet,reversed their early morning gains,after a final decision remained elusive in the Union Budget for allowing foreign carriers invest in domestic players.

Announcing his budget proposals,Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the external commercial borrowings to the extent of USD one billion would be allowed for the aviation sector for the next year.

He further said that the proposal to allow foreign airlines to participate direct or indirectly in India is being considered actively. While the absence of a final decision,as expected by the sector,disappointed the investors,the market analysts said,the move on foreign loans was a good move.

Kingfisher Airlines stock was trading with a gain of over two per cent at 1145 hours,albeit down from over 4 per cent earlier in morning. Jet Airways,however,lost momentum and slipped into red with a decline of 1.8 per cent,while SpiceJet dropped 4.4 per cent.

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