2. Brief Info
Type Statutory Authority
Industry Aviation sector
Predecessor Civil Aviation Department, Government of India
Founded 1 April 1995
Headquarters Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport,
Key people Arvind Singh (Chairman),
B.S. Bhullar, DGCA (Ex-Officio)
Products Airport management and Air Navigation Services (ANS)
The Airports Authority of India or AAI is a statutory body
(created through the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994)
working under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government
of India is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining
and managing civil aviation infrastructure in the country
It provides Communication Navigation Surveillance / Air
Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) services over Indian
airspace and adjoining oceanic areas.
It also manages a total of 126 Airports, including 11
International Airports, 11 Customs Airports, 89 Domestic
Airports and 26 Civil enclaves at Military Airfields.
The Government of India constituted the International
Airports Authority of India (IAAI) in 1972 to manage the
nation's international airports while the National Airports
Authority (NAA) was constituted in 1986 to look after
The organisations were merged in April 1995 by an Act
of Parliament, namely, the Airports Authority of India
Act, 1994 and has been constituted as a Statutory Body
and was named as Airports Authority of India (AAI).
This new organisation was to be responsible for creating,
upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation
infrastructure both on the ground and air space in the
5. Functions of AAI
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
6. Services Provided
Management and control of
Indian Air space
Installation and maintenance of
navigation and surveillance
Design , development and
operation of Passenger
Development and management
of cargo terminals.
Passenger facilities and
Rescue and fire services
7. AAI Technical Dept
Procurement of various Equipment/
Vehicles] Tools, Plants & Machinery
required for the operations and
maintenance of Airports i.e., Fire
Service Equipment, Engineering
Equipment, Ground Flight Safety
To provide material management
1) Procurement of uniforms, distribution
and maintenance of records
2) Procurement of fire and rescue tools,
accessories like fire proof dungarees,
BA Sets, Gumboots and Fire rescue
Technical Department has responsibility of providing mechanical and logistical
solutions for efficient airport operation. Functions of Technical Dep't. include ;
3) Monitoring and preparing MIS for
4) Physical verification of stock .
5) Issue of MM instructions on policy
Procurement of maintenance support
1) Extended maintenance support to
2) Budget allocation for various
3) Progressive views etc.
provided vehicles Ground dafty and
8. Air Traffic Management Services
AAI has drawn plans to upgrade Air Traffic Management infrastructure in the
country both in terms of conditional provision of automation systems and
upgradation of technology.
Upgradation of automation systems with new Air Traffic Controller
assistance features such as Arrival Manager, Departure Manager.
Advanced integrated automation systems, that integrates state of the art
Radars, flight data processors, air situation display Advanced Surface
Movement Ground Radars, have been installed for providing effective Air
AAI has drawn the concept of future India Air Navigation (FIAN), and is on
the threshold of introducing Air Traffic Flow Management over busy routes,
dedicated helicopter routes, providing automation systems at 35 non metro
control towers, and the use of space based augmentation system (GAGAN).
9. Communication, Navigation & Surveillance
Planning and commissioning of all (CNS) facilities and support systems for air
navigation based on short term and long-term requirements to synchronize the
organizations plan with ICAO's approved plans is managed by CNS Planning
To meet the challenges posed by ICAO CNS ATM transition plans for
SATCOM based Air Traffic Management, the CNS Planning Department has
Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS) - ADS has already been installed
and successfully tested for operations at Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi & Mumbai
SAT COM. Network - Implementation of a dedicated Sat.Com.Network
amongst 80 airports all over India to support data and voice communication,
including remote controlled air ground VHF communication and to provide
VHF coverage over the entire Indian air space.
10. Major ANS Initiative
AAI’s Major Air Navigation Services (ANS) initiatives include
AAI is implementing a Satellite Based Navigation System, called
GAGAN (GPS Aided Geo Satellite Navigation) to provide SBAS services
over the Indian subcontinent, capable of regional expansion to South East
Provision of a robust CNS infrastructure with highest standards of
reliability, availability and integrity.
A major ATM initiative to restructure the Indian airspace into 4 ACCs
from the existing 11 ACCs by integrating the new generation surveillance
and communication technologies and Upper Airspace Harmonisation.
11. Major ANS Initiative
Chennai FIR has been restructured in 2011, by creating dynamically
operated Upper and Lower Area Centers, providing seamless ANS
services throughout Chennai FIR. The airspace harmonization of Delhi,
Mumbai and Kolkata FIRs is in progress.
For this indigenous effort, AAI has won the prestigious Jane’s ATC
Award 2012 under the Operational Efficiency category.
AAI plans to implement a Central Air Traffic Flow Management System
for balancing demand and capacity in phases, with the first phase likely
by December 2012 at six major airports. AAI plans to eventually
harmonize the C-ATFM system with a regional ATFM system.
12. Airports and Aviation Companies
AAI manages a total of 126 Airports which includes 11 International
Airports, 11 Customs Airports, 89 Domestic Airports and 26 Civil enclaves at
AAI also has ground installations at all airports and 25 other locations to
ensure safety of aircraft operations.
There are a total of 22 airlines which are operational in India as of 2015
The Top five companies with there fleet sizes are:
1. Indigo (fleet size: 167)
2. Air India (118)
3. Spicejet (58)
4. GoAir (38)
5. AirAsia (18)