The Airport Authority of India (AAI) manages total 127 Airports in thecountry, which include 13 International Airports, 86 domestic airports and 28 civilenclaves. Top 5 airports in the country handle 70% of the passenger traffic of which Delhi and Mumbai together alone account for 50%. Passenger and cargotraffic has growth at an average of about 9% over the last 10 years.
Estimated domestic passenger segment growth is at 12% per annum.Anticipated growth for International passenger segment is 7% while the growth for International Cargo is likely to grow at a healthy rate of 12%.
Privatization of International Airports is in offing through JointVenture route. Three Greenfield airports are getting developed at Kochi,Hyderabad and Bangalore with major shareholding of private sector. Few selectednon-metro airports are likely to be privatized.100% foreign equity has also beenallowed in construction and maintenance of airports with selective approval fromForeign Investment Promotion Board.
The total aircraft movements handled in October 2009 has shownan increase of 15.4 percent as compared to the aircraft movement handled inOctober 2007. The international and domestic aircraft movements increased by15.4 percent each during the period under review. The reason for increase inaircraft movements is due to increase of operation of smaller aircraft by airlines andthe introduction of new airlines viz., Paramount airlines in southern region andinternational airlines (Air Canada, Polar Air Cargo, Qatar Airways (Freighter),Turkish Airways, Air Slovakia at IGI Airport with effect from October 2003.
International and Domestic passenger traffic handled inOctober 2009 - 10has increased by 30.4 percent and 12.7 percent over the periodof October 2008 - 09leading to an overall increase of 18.4 percent. The totalpassenger increased by 18.2 percent, 14.6 percent, 16.9 percent and 34.0 percent