Kingfisher Airlines woes could hit funding for other Indian airlines: DVB
Kingfisher - owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya - is estimated to owe $2.5 billion to banks, staff and suppliers, and its grounded aircraft are at the centre of airports', banks' and tax authorities' scramble for assets.
Wolfgang Driese, chief executive of Germany's DVB Bank , which is a major supplier of specialist transport industry loans, said India should step up efforts to show assets can be repossessed when bills go unpaid.
"Otherwise it (India) would shut itself out of the market," he said.
DVB Bank has sued India's aviation regulator and Kingfisher Airlines to have two planes de-registered, a possible first step towards recouping its funds.
"If we are unable to repossess the aircraft, we will not underwrite new business in India," DVB's Driese said. This was likely to send a signal to other banks, he said.
The warning raises industry pressure on Indian aviation authorities to prevent a crisis over Kingfisher, crimping the ability of other fast-growing airlines to take delivery of the latest generation of jets.
The head of International Lease Finance Corp, one of the world's largest lessors, told Reuters last month India could see its aviation ambitions curtailed if it did not provide a "safe harbour" for assets risked by foreign suppliers.
"There are several countries in the world, where we are not doing any business as asset arrests prove impossible
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