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Airports Authority of India

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Airports Authority of India

Type PSU
Industry Aviation sector
Founded 1994
Headquarters Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan,
Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi-110003
Key people Alok Sinha, Chairman
S.Suresh, Member(Finance)
K.K.Jha, Member(HR)
S.Raheja, Member(Planning)
V.Somasundaram, Member(ANS)
G.K.Chaukiyal, Member(Operations)
Products Airports, ATC, CNS
Employees 22,000
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation is responsible for creating,
upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India. It provides Air traffic
management (ATM) services over Indian airspace and adjoining oceanic areas. It also manages a
total of 125 Airports, including 11 International Airports, 8 Customs Airports, 81 Domestic Airports
and 25 Civil enclaves at Military Airfields. AAI also has ground installations at all airports and 25
other locations to ensure safety of aircraft operations. AAI covers all major air-routes over Indian
landmass via 29 Radar installations at 11 locations along with 89 VOR/DVOR installations co-
located with Distance Measuring Equipment (DME). 52 runways are provided with Instrument
landing system (ILS) installations with Night Landing Facilities at most of these airports and
Automatic Message Switching System at 15 Airports.
AAI's implementation of Automatic Dependence Surveillance System (ADSS), using indigenous
technology, at Kolkata and Chennai Air Traffic Control Centres, made India the first country to use
this technology in the South East Asian region thus enabling Air Traffic Control over oceanic areas
using satellite mode of communication. Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures have
already been implemented at Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad Airports and are likely to be
implemented at other Airports in a phased manner. AAI is implementing the GAGAN project in
technological collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), where the satellite
based system will be used for navigation. The navigation signals thus received from the GPS will be
augmented to achieve the navigational requirement of aircraft. First phase of technology
demonstration system was completed in February 2008.
AAI has four training establishments viz. The Civil Aviation Training College (CATC) at Allahabad,
National Institute of Aviation Management and Research (NIAMAR) at Delhi and Fire Training
Centres (FTC) at Delhi & Kolkata. An Aerodrome Visual Simulator (AVS) has been provided at
CATC and non-radar procedural ATC simulator equipment is being supplied to CATC Allahabad and
Hyderabad Airport. AAI has a dedicated Flight Inspection Unit (FIU) with a fleet of three aircraft fitted
with flight inspection system to inspect Instrument Landing Systems up to Cat-III, VORs, DMEs,
NDBs, VGSI (PAPI, VASI) and RADAR (ASR/MSSR). In addition to in-house flight calibration of its
navigational aids, AAI undertakes flight calibration of navigational aids for the Indian Air
Force, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and other private airfields in the country.
AAI has entered into Joint
Ventures at Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Nagpur Airports to upgrade these
1 History
2 Functions
o 2.1 Passenger Facilities
o 2.2 Air Navigation Services
o 2.3 IT Implementation
o 2.4 HRD Training
o 2.5 Revenue
3 Privatization of Airports
4 International Projects
5 External links
6 References
Airports Authority of India (AAI) was constituted by an Act of Parliament and came into being on 1
April 1995 by merging erstwhile National Airports Authority and International Airports Authority of
India. The merger brought into existence a single Organization entrusted with the responsibility of
creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure both on the ground and
air space in the country.
Design, Development, Operation and Maintenance of international and domestic airports and
civil enclaves.
Control and Management of the Indian airspace extending beyond the territorial limits of the
country, as accepted by ICAO.
Construction, Modification and Management of passenger terminals.
Development and Management of cargo terminals at international and domestic airports.
Provision of passenger facilities and information system at the passenger terminals at airports.
Expansion and strengthening of operation area, viz. Runways, Aprons, Taxiway etc.
Provision of visual aids.
Provision of Communication and Navigation aids, viz. ILS, DVOR, DME, Radar etc.
Passenger Facilities[edit]
Construction, modification & management of passenger terminals, development & management
of cargo terminals, development & maintenance of apron infrastructure including runways,
parallel taxiways, apron etc.,
Provision of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance which includes provision of DVOR /
DME, ILS, ATC radars, visual aids etc., provision of air traffic services, provision of passenger
facilities and related amenities at its terminals thereby ensuring safe and secure operations of
aircraft, passenger and cargo in the country.
Air Navigation Services[edit]

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata

AAI Air Traffic Services, Indira Gandhi International Airport
In tune with its global approach to modernise Air Traffic Control (ATC) infrastructure for seamless
navigation across state and regional boundaries, AAI is upgrading to satellite based Communication,
Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) and Air Traffic Management. A number of co-operation agreements
and memoranda of co-operation have been signed with the Federal Aviation Administration, US
Trade & Development Agency, European Union, Air Services Australia and the French Government
Co-operative Projects and Studies initiated to gain from their experience. Through these activities
more and more executives of AAI are being exposed to the latest technology, modern practices &
procedures being adopted to improve the overall performance of Airports and Air Navigation
Some of the major initiatives in this direction are introduction of Reduced Vertical Separation Minima
(RVSM) in Indian air space to increase capacity and reduce congestion in the air; implementation of
GPS And Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) jointly with ISRO which when put to operation would
be one of the four such systems in the world. AAI is a full member of the Civil Air Navigation
Services Organisation (CANSO).
IT Implementation[edit]
AAI website is a website giving a host of information about the organization besides domestic and
international flight schedules and such other information of interest to the public in general and
passengers in particular.
HRD Training[edit]
AAI has a number of training establishments, viz. NIAMAR in Delhi, CATC in Allahabad, Fire
Training Centres at Delhi & Kolkata for in-house training of its engineers, Air Traffic Controllers,
Rescue & Fire Fighting personnel etc. NIAMAR & CATC are members of ICAO TRAINER
programme under which they share Standard Training Packages (STP) from a central pool for
imparting training on various subjects. Both CATC & NIAMAR have also contributed a number of
STPs to the Central pool under ICAO TRAINER programme. Foreign students have also been
participating in the training programme being conducted by these institution
Most of AAI's revenue is generated from landing/parking fees and fees collected by providing CNS &
ATC services to aircraft over the Indian airspace.
Only 16 of the 126 airfields operated by the AAI are profitable while the other airports incur heavy
losses due to under utilisation and poor management.

Privatization of Airports[edit]
The AAI was involved in a tussle with the Ministry of Civil Aviation over the issue of privatisation of
its two most profitable airports at Delhi and Mumbai. The Government of India handed over these
two airports to private companies for the purpose of modernization in 2006 under revenue sharing
agreement to the GMR Group and GVK group respectively. the Nagpur Airport was transferred to
the Maharashtra State owned MADC.
In addition to these, several greenfield airports are being operated by Private
namely, Bengaluru International Airport, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport atDurgapur in West
Bengal, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad and Cochin International Airport.
International Projects[edit]
The AAI has been involved in various consultancy projects
with Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Maldives, Nauru and Afghanistan The AAI also provides trained
personnel for operation, maintenance and management of airports in these countries

External links[edit]

I ndia portal

Aviation portal
Airports Authority of India