SINGAPORE: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of Tata Group airlines Vistara, in which Singapore Airlines holds a 49 per cent stake, and Air India, subject to certain conditions.
As part of the deal, SIA would pump into Rs 20,590 million (about S$336.81 million) in the expanded share capital of Air India for a 25.1 per cent stake, report Mint and Money Control. Tata Sons would own the remaining 74.9 percent stake in the combined entity.
With this deal, SIA will reinforce its partnership with Tata and acquire a strategic stake in an entity that is four to five times larger in scale compared to Vistara, says Money Control.
Following the merger with Vistara, Air India could become India’s largest international carrier and second-largest domestic airline after IndiGo.
“CCI approves the merger of Tata SIA Airlines into Air India, and acquisition of certain shareholding by Singapore Airlines (SIA) in Air India subject to compliance of voluntary commitments offered by the parties,” the anti-trust agency Competition Commission of India (CCI) posted on X, formerly Twitter.
The approval comes after CCI in June issued a show-cause notice to Air India, seeking clarification on why its proposed merger with Vistara should not be investigated over concerns about competition in the aviation sector.
Tata Sons and SIA filed a merger application with the CCI in April this year.