Mumbai : No-frills carrier SpiceJet is in active talks with Singapore-based budget carrier Tigerair for a possible stake sale even as they are set to sign a code share agreement soon. SpiceJet promoter and media baron Kalanithi Maran may offload up to 24% stake to Tigerair as the airline faces fall in profits and attempts to retire debt, sources familiar with the development told PTI. The Chennai-based airline reported a 10 % fall in net profit in the June quarter.
“SpiceJet and Tigerair have already held two rounds of talks for a possible equity deal as promoter Maran is looking for the FDI route for further funds infusion,” sources said. They added that the discussions between the two on code-share are at the concluding stage and a announcement to this effect may come in any time now. Code share is a commercial agreement between two airlines transferring seats among themselves from one destination to another.
When contacted, a Spicejet spokesperson refused to comment, saying they do not react to speculation. Tigerair had early this year said it was looking for a partner to invest here.
“We are studying about having an inter-airline agreement or a strategic partnership with (an) Indian Airline,” Tigerair commercial director Kaneswaran Avili had reportedly said in March.
Tiger Airways, operating as Tigerair, is a low-cost airline headquartered in Singapore and flies to regional destinations in Southeast Asia, apart from Australia, China and India from its main base at the Changi airport of Singapore. SpiceJet is the second largest no-frills carrier with a 20% market share in terms of the number of passengers carried. Shares of SpiceJet fell by 1.75% to Rs 25.30 apiece on the BSE.