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Final Report

Final Report

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Overview
Air Traffic:
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.
Growth:
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:
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.
Air movements:
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.
Passenger Traffic:
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
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respectively at five international airports six developing international airports, eightcustom airports and 26 Domestic airports.
Cargo Traffic:
The total cargo traffic handled inOctober 2009has shown anincrease of 7.5 percent as compared to the cargo handled inOctober 2008. Theinternational and domestic cargo traffic increased by 4.3 percent and 2.1 percentrespectively during the period.During the month of October 2009, 9346 thousand aircraft movements (excludesdefence & other non-commercial movements), 65.33 lakh passengers and 97.59thousand tones of cargo were handled at all the airports taken together.
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2. History
The first commercial flight in India was made on February 18, 1911, when a Frenchpilot Monseigneur Piguet flew airmails from Allahabad to Naini, covering a distanceof about 10 km in as many minutes. Tata Services became Tata Airlines and then Air-India and spread its wings as Air-India International. The domestic aviation scene, however, was chaotic. When theAmerican Tenth Air Force in India disposed of its planes at throwaway prices, 11domestic airlines sprang up, scrambling for traffic that could sustain only two or three. In 1953, the government nationalized the airlines, merged them, and createdIndian Airlines. For the next 25 years JRD Tata remained the chairman of Air-Indiaand a director on the board of Indian Airlines. After JRD left, voracious unionsmushroomed, spawned on the pork barrel jobs created by politicians.For many years in India air travel was perceived to be an elitist activity. This viewarose from the “Maharajah” syndrome where, due to the prohibitive cost of air travel, the only people who could afford it were the rich and powerful.In recent years, however, this image of Civil Aviation has undergone a change andaviation is now viewed in a different light - as an essential link not only for international travel and trade but also for providing connectivity to different parts of the country. Aviation is, by its very nature, a critical part of the infrastructure of thecountry and has important ramifications for the development of tourism and trade,the opening up of inaccessible areas of the country and for providing stimulus tobusiness activity and economic growth.Until less than a decade ago, all aspects of aviation were firmly controlled by theGovernment. In the early fifties, all airlines operating in the country were mergedinto either Indian Airlines or Air India and, by virtue of the Air Corporations Act,1953; this monopoly was perpetuated for the next forty years. The DirectorateGeneral of Civil Aviation controlled every aspect of flying including granting flying
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