The Airport Authority of
India (AAI) manages total 120 Airports in the country, which
include 5 International Airport, 87 domestic airports and 28
civil enclaves. Top 5 airports in the country handle 70% of
the passenger traffic out of which Delhi and Mumbai together
alone accounts for 50% traffic. Passenger and cargo traffic
has has growth at an average of about 9% over the last 10
It is estimated that
the domestic passenger segment is likely to grow 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%.
International Airports is in offing through Joint Venture
route. Three greenfield airports are getting developed at
Kochi, Hyderabad and Bangalore with major shareholding of
The work on Bangalore
airport is likely to commence shortly. Few selected
non-metro airports are likely to be privatized.100% foreign
equity has also been allowed in construction and maintenance
of airports with selective approval from Foreign Investment
The total aircraft
movements handled in October 2003 has shown an increase of
15.4 percent as compared to the aircraft movement handled in
The international and
domestic aircraft movements increased by 15.4 percent each
during the period under review. The reason for increase in
aircraft movements is due to increase of operation of
smaller aircraft by airlines and the introduction of new
airlines viz., Air Deccan in southern region and
international airlines (Air Canada, Polar Air Cargo, Qatar
Airways (Freghter), Turkish Airways, Air Slovakia at IGI
Airport with effect from October 2003.
Domestic passenger traffic handled in October 2003 has
increased by 15.4 percent and 6.7 percent over the period of
October 2002 leading to an overall increase of 9.4 percent.
The total passenger increased by 9.2 percent, 7.6 percent,
8.9 percent and 17.0 percent respectively at five
international airports six developing international
airports, eight custom airports and 26 Domestic airports.
The total cargo traffic
handled in October 2003 has shown an increase of 3.5 percent
as compared to the cargo handled in October 202. The
international and domestic cargo traffic increased by 4.3
percent and 2.1 percent respectively during the period.
During the month of
October 2003, 5346 thousand aircraft movements (excludes
defense & other non-commercial movements), 40.33 lakh
passengers and 88.59 thousand tones of cargo were handled at
all the airports taken together.