"I'm aware of six or seven government airlines that have been thinking about going private in recent years," said Adel Ali, CEO of budget carrier Air Arabia. "Airlines are expensive things - in most places, you find that the government is spending a lot of money on them."
"[Going public is] a double-edged sword - it exposes you, but it brings a lot of discipline to the business," said Ali.
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