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NEWS| Goyal to sell 10% in Jet Airways

Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal today said he is in talks with “well-known international funds” to sell up to 10 per cent of his own stake in the company.

“I will be diluting whatever is required to make the balance sheet strong, but I will always keep control of the company,” Goyal said on the sidelines of the company’s annual general meeting today in Mumbai. The company will either issue fresh shares to investors, or Goyal will utilise the stake- sale proceeds to subscribe to the proposed rights issue, in a bid to channel the funds back into the company.

Goyal currently holds about 80 per cent stake in the company. He said Jet Airways will proceed with its proposed rights issue once market conditions improve. Jet Airways’ rights issue is pending for a year now because of the weak market condition.
The company earlier said it will raise a total of $800 million, including $400 million through rights issue to fund aircraft buys and expand operations.
The Jet Airways chairman, who had earlier projected the airline to break even in FY09 (April-March), today said that breakeven will depend upon fuel prices. Soaring aviation turbine fuel price is the primary reason for airlines across the world to suffer heavy losses. In FY08, airlines in India cumulatively reported a loss of around Rs 4,000 crore. Jet Airways alone reported a net loss of Rs 253 crore in FY08.
30/09/08 Newswire18/Business Standard

NEWS| IATA releases international traffic data - Traffic slowdown continues

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released international traffic data for Aug-08 that confirmed a continuing downturn.

International passenger demand growth slowed to 1.3%, following disappointing growth of 1.9% in July. Passenger load factors fell to 79.2% a sharp drop-off from the 81% recorded during the same period last year as capacity growth outpaced demand.

International freight traffic saw its third consecutive month of contraction with a 2.7% decline following drops of 1.9% in July and 0.8% in June.

Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO said, “Passenger traffic grew by 5.4% in the first half of the year. That slowed to 1.9% in July and 1.3% in August. The contrast between the first half of the year and the last two months is stark.” “The slowdown has been so sudden that airlines can’t adjust capacity quickly enough. While the drop in the oil price is welcome relief on the cost side, fuel remains 30% higher than a year ago. And with traffic growth continuing to decline, the industry is still heading for a US$5.2 billion loss this year.”