Some experts however believe liquidation of assets as the only option now given the challenges and delays in revival. The airline's resolution professional has admitted creditor claims of over Rs 14,000 crore. Synergy group which owns Avianca Airlines in South America would also have to find a strong Indian partner to co-invest in line with foreign investment rules in aviation.
Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code a resolution plan must be completed in 180 days. A one time 90 day extension can be permitted. Lenders can decide on liquidation of assets even prior to completion of six months deadline and that requires final approval from the insolvency court. Similarly for extension of bid deadline submission deadline, a court approval would be needed.
The National Company Law Tribunal had in its June order had instructed for completion of resolution process in 90 days given the importance of the matter. The NCLT Mumbai bench had refused to take cognisance of a Dutch court which too initiated insolvency proceedings against the airline. However the appellate tribunal set aside the NCLT order and allowed the Dutch administrator to take part in the committee of creditors meetings.