A 19% hike in the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) announced by India’s oil companies at the end of May 2008 jolted the Indian airline industry. With this hike, ATF prices had roughly doubled in a year, and tripled in four years. A concerned Civil Aviation Minister, Praful Patel, rushed to the Finance Minister seeking his support to prevent the industry from turning sick–losses of the airlines in 2007-08 were of the order of Rs. 40 billion and were predicted by some analysts to reach twice that level in 2008-09. Yet, just three years earlier, the industry was seen as a sunshine industry that would march in step with India’s economic growth. While individual airlines debated their survival strategies, observers wondered how things could have gone wrong so fast.
|Journal||Academy of Management Review|
|Publisher||Indian Institute of Management Bangalore|