Air India privatisation: Govt said to prefer an Indian buyer

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New Delhi: India would prefer selling state-owned Air India to a domestic buyer, a government official told reporters on Monday, as it finalises the privatisation process.

Earlier this year, the government said it would sell its stake in the loss-making airline but it has yet to decide what to do with the carrier’s debt burden of $8.5 billion.

The government plans to sell the airline’s various businesses—which include ground-handling, domestic operations and international flights—in parts, the official said.