The aviation sector which was showing an immense promise till about a year ago, is facing head winds with most of the airlines battling a survival issue, hit by rising fuel costs and other expenses even as a cut – throat competition is making the aviation firms bleed, the ASSOCHAM has said.
Expressing concern over the sector slipping into a worsening financial situation, week on week, the ASSOCHAM said airlines need a hand -holding across the board, irrespective of their status -whether they are in the private or public sector.
“While the government is injecting funds into Air India, the private sector airlines can be given support by way of reduced taxation on the aviation turbine fuel and a host of other levies by the Centre and the state governments, “the ASSOCHAM Secretary General Mr D S Rawat said in a statement.
It is a highly employment-oriented sector, which needs to be protected. He said aviation firms which were commanding a fair valuation in the stock market till about a year ago, are attracting a least amount of interest among the investors, resulting into a massive erosion between 15 and 35/40 per cent in their market capitalisation.
“This has resulted in the inability of the operators to raise any fresh resources either through the equity or even the debt routes. Read More