In a major easing of FDI norms in the aviation sector, the Indian government has today allowed foreign airlines to hold up to 100% in Indian aviation companies under the automatic route, with the exception of Air India.
Foreign investors have been allowed to invest up to 49% in Air India through government approval route ahead of its proposed privatization.
Existing rules allow foreign airlines to own as much as 49% in an Indian airline, with the exception of Air India.
The Government has clarified that substantial ownership and effective control of Air India shall continue to be vested in Indian nationals, hence the limit on FDI in Air India.
The Government also approved 100% FDI in single-brand retail through the automatic route. Some tweaking has been done with the earlier 30% local sourcing norm as well, which should suit the investors.
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