The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has authorised Air India’s proposed acquisition of AirAsia India’s whole stake.
“The acquisition of the entire equity share capital of AirAsia (India) Private Limited (Air Asia India) by Air India Ltd. (AIL), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of TSPL (Tata Sons Pvt Ltd),” according to a press statement issued by the CCI.
In October 2021, Tata Sons purchased Air India after making a winning bid of Rs 18,000 crore. Tata Sons and Air Asia Investment Limited (AAIL) have a joint venture called AirAsia India, with Tata Sons owning 83.67 percent and AAIL owning 16.33 percent.
Acquisitions that exceed a specific threshold require CCI approval. The pre-requisite is thought to be necessary in order to promote competition while preventing anti-competitive behaviour in the marketplace.
The CCI has yet to issue a detailed order.
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