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Emirates denies SpiceJet stake buy reports

PTI Dubai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 03, 2013

Emirates has no plans to invest in any airline in India.   -  Reuters

Dubai-based Emirates Airline has termed reports that it is holding discussions with Indian carrier SpiceJet for a stake in the airline as ‘inaccurate’ and said that it was busy with its own expansion plans.

“In response to recent inaccurate stories in the media, Emirates can confirm it has no plans to acquire a stake in any airline in India or elsewhere,” an Emirates spokesperson told daily Khaleej Times.

The spokesperson added that the carrier was “focused on its own growth” and was investing substantially in its own fleet and network expansion plans.

Earlier reports in India, quoting unnamed sources, had said that Emirates was in talks to pick up a stake in SpiceJet.

Last week, SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills put in his papers and rumours were fanned of a possible stake sale to a Middle East carrier.

This followed the clearance of a modified deal between Abu Dhabi—based airlines Etihad and India’s Jet Airways by India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board, under which the Etihad would get 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways for Rs 2,058 crore.

Emirates flies 185 weekly flights to 10 cities in India.

The airline has a weekly seat capacity of 54,200 from Indian cities to Dubai.

Published on August 03, 2013
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