Aviation

Raju to review Air India performance

The minister will be reviewing the “operational and financial performance”

DELHI: ┬áCivil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju will review next week the performance of Air India, which is expected to have eked out “operating profit” last fiscal after being in the red for a decade.

The minister will be reviewing the “operational and financial performance” of the national carrier on May 16, according to senior officials, reports PTI.

The review meeting, likely to be attended by Raju’s deputy Mahesh Sharma and Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey along with other senior officials, comes ahead of the second anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre.

A senior official at the airline said the minister will be taking a review after nearly six months. The last such meeting took place in November last year.

The Civil Aviation Secretary takes a review of the carrier every fortnight, he added.

Grappling with tough market conditions and intense competition, Air India has been registering losses for quite some time, but the airline’s performance has improved in the last few quarters.

“Air India’s all-time performance has increased. This year, it is making profit, which is the first time in the last 10 years. It is making an operating profit. Air India is doing good work,” Raju had said in Parliament last week.

The carrier is expected to post an operating profit of Rs 8 crore in 2015-16.

In March, Sharma had said the airline is “expected to earn operating profit of Rs 8 crore as compared to the operating loss of Rs 2,636.18 crore in the previous year”.

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