Airports Authority of India

Airports Authority of India
Type PSU
Industry Aviation sector
Founded 1994
Headquarters Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan,
Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi-110003
Key people

V.P.Agrawal, Chairman
S.C.Chhatwal, 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) (Hindi: भारतीय विमानपत्तन प्राधिकरण) is an organization working under the Ministry of Civil Aviation that manages most of the airports in India. The AAI manages and operates 126 airports including 16 international airports,[1] 89 domestic airports and 26 civil enclaves. The corporate headquarters(CHQ) are at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.[2] V.P Agrawal is the current chairman of the AAI.



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.

Passenger Facilities

The main functions of AAI inter-alia include 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

In tune with global approach to modernization of Air Traffic Control infrastructure for seamless navigation across state and regional boundaries, AAI has been going ahead with its plans for transition to satellite based Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management. A number of co-operation agreements and memoranda of co-operation have been signed with US 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 Services. Induction of latest state-of-the-art equipment, both as replacement and old equipments and also as new facilities to improve standards of safety of airports in the air is a continuous process. Adoptions of new and improved procedure go hand in hand with induction of new equipment. Some of the major initiatives in this direction are introduction of Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) in India air space to increase airspace 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

Information Technology holds the key to operational and managerial efficiency, transparency and employee productivity. AAI initiated a programme to indoctrinate IT culture among its employees and this is most powerful tool to enhance efficiency in the organization. AAI website with domain name or is a popular 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.

Board Members of AAI

Shri V.P. Agrawal Chairman

Whole -Time Members

Shri S.C. Chhatwal Member (Finance)
Shri K.K. Jha, IRS Member (Human Resource)
Shri S. Raheja Member (Planning)
Shri V. Somasundaram Member (Air Navigation Services)
Shri G. K. Chaukiyal Member (Operations)

Part-Time Members

Vacant DGCA & Ex-Officio Member
Shri E.K. Bharat Bhushan, IAS Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation (Official)
Shri Alok Sinha, IAS Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (Official)
Shri Deepak Parekh Non-Official
Shri Arun L. Bongirwar Non-Official
Shri Sajjan Jindal Non-Official


The functions of AAI are as follows:

  • 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.

HRD Training

A large pool of trained and highly skilled manpower is one of the major assets of Airports Authority of India. Development and Technological enhancements and consequent refinement of operating standards and procedures, new standards of safety and security and improvements in management techniques call for continuing training to update the knowledge and skill of officers and staff. For this purpose 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.[3]

Privatisation of Airports

The AAI was involved in a tussle with the Ministry of Civil Aviation over the issue of privatisation of its two most profitable airports, Delhi Airport and Mumbai Airport. The Government of India handed over these two airports to private companies for the purpose of modernization in 2006 under revenue sharing agreement. The privatisation for Mumbai has been handed to GVK Group and for Hyderabad, Delhi to the GMR Group.

The airports which have been privatised are :

International Projects

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 [1]

External links


  1. ^ Twelve International Airports website
  2. ^ "Contact Information Search." Airports Authority of India. Retrieved on 9 September 2010.
  3. ^ Profitability of Airport Operations

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