Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
03-September-2012 15:31 IST
FDI in Airlines




As per extant FDI policy, as contained in paragraph 6.2.9 of ‘Circular 1 of 2012  - Consolidated FDI Policy’, FDI is permitted in Air Transport Services, including Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airlines, Non-Scheduled Air Transport Services, helicopter and seaplane services, subject to the following conditions:


No foreign airlines would be allowed to participate directly or indirectly in the equity of an Air Transport Undertaking engaged in operating Scheduled and Non-Scheduled Air Transport Services except Cargo airlines.


Foreign airlines are allowed to participate in the equity of companies operating Cargo airlines, helicopter and seaplane services.


The level of FDI permitted in the aforesaid activities under Air Transport Services is as follows:



% of FDI Cap/ Equity

Entry Route

(1) Scheduled Air Transport Services/ Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airlines

49% FDI

(100% for NRIs)



(2) Non-Scheduled Air Transport Services


74% FDI

(100% for NRIs)

Automatic up to 49%

Government route beyond 49% and up to 74%

(3) Helicopter services/ seaplane services requiring DGCA approval




The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has issued approval dated 2.12.2008 to M/s Spicejet Ltd., New Delhi, to receive foreign investment from M/s GS Investment Partners (Mauritius) I Limited and/ or GS Investment Partners (Mauritius) II Limited, both owned by M/s Goldman Sachs Investment Partners Masters Fund, L.P.


This information was given by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia in a written reply to a question raised in the Lok  Sabha  today.