of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is charged with the responsibility of
Formulation of National Policies and
Programmes for development and regulation of Civil Aviation.
Devising and implementing Schemes for
orderly growth and expansion of Civil air transport.
Oversee the provision of airport
facilities, air traffic services and carriage of passengers and goods by air.
Administratively responsible also for
Commission of Railway Safety, a statutory body set up under the Railway Act.
under Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
Commission of Railway Safety (CRS).
Airports Authority of India (AAI);
National Aviation Company of India Ltd.
and its subsidiaries (NACIL);
Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited (PHHL).
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran
Airports Economic Regulatory Authority
has been a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and
is also on the Council of ICAO since its inception. The civil aviation sector has three main
functional divisions--regulatory, infrastructural and operational. The civil aviation sector in India has seen
an unprecedented growth in the recent years.
As on date there are a large number of companies providing passenger
transport and cargo handling services in the country. The Air Transport Companies are both in
public sector and in the private sector. In the public sector, there is the
National Aviation Company of India Limited (Erstwhile Air India), and its
subsidiaries viz. Alliance Air, Air India Charters Ltd. (Air India Express)
Apart from Air India and its subsidiaries there are
at present 07 private scheduled operators viz. Jet Airways (India) Ltd., Jetlite
Airlines, Go Airlines (India) Pvt. Ltd., Kingfisher Airlines, Spicejet Ltd.,
Paramount Airways Pvt. Ltd., and Inter Globe Aviation Ltd. (IndiGo) operating
on the domestic sector providing a wide choice of flights and connectivity to
various parts of India.
Besides above, a new category of Scheduled Airlines i.e. Scheduled Air Transport (Regional)
Services has been introduced to enhance connectivity to smaller cities and also
with in a region. MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airways have been granted operator permits
as regional scheduled airlines in Northern Region.
Three cargo airline viz. Blue Dart Aviation Private
Limited, Deccan Cargo & Express
Logistics (Private) Limited and Aryan Cargo Express Private Limited are
operating scheduled cargo services in the country.
Developments in Civil Aviation Sector
Aviation 2008, 2010 and 2012.
first ‘India Aviation -2008’ was held during 15-18 October 2008 by Ministry of
Civil Aviation in collaboration with FICCI.
The second edition of ‘INDIA AVIATION 2010’ was organized, in
association with FICCI, from 3rd to 7th March, 2010 at
Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad. The PARTNER
COUNTRY in the second edition was France, and USA was the FOCUS COUNTRY for the
event. The event was a bigger event in magnitude
to its predecessor ‘INDIA AVIATION 2008’.
More than 200 exhibiters participated and the exhibition covered a gross
area of 12,000 sqms. 40 aircrafts
participated. The Antanov An-148 was on
display for first time in India. More than 500 conference delegates and more
than 5000 Business visitors attended the event.
Parallel events of International Conference on Civil Aviation and CEOs
Forum were also organized. The third edition
of INDIA AVIATION 2012 will be organized in Hyderabad from 14th to
18th March, 2012.
(ii) India – US Summit
2nd India – US Aviation Partnership Summit was held in USA from 07 -
09 December, 2009, in which a high level delegation led by Secretary in the
Ministry of Civil Aviation participated.
The event attracted excellent response.
Over 200 representatives from 80 companies participated in addition to
Government delegation. The Joint
Aviation Steering Committee Working Group Meetings were also held during the
Summit. On the sidelines of the Summit,
the delegation also held meetings with the Federal Aviation Administration,
transportation security administration and the US trade and Development Agency.
Summit was designed to foster Government to Government and industry to industry
dialogues on key issues relating to India’s on-going aviation modernization,
aviation safety, air traffic control management, aviation security, airspace
Summit served as a very useful forum for exchanges on technical, policy and
commercial issues. It assisted Indian
Civil Aviation agencies and aviation industry representatives in identifying
advanced technology and practices that would best suit our expansion and
Signing of MoUs under India – France civil
Three MoUs were signed on 11th
February, 2010 between DGCA of India and BEA of France relating to Aircraft
Accident and Incident Investigations, between Airports Authority of India and
French Civil Aviation Authority and between DGCA of India and DGAC of France in
order to pave way for the India – France civil aviation technical co-operation.
of Air Services Agreements (ASAs) with foreign countries:-
Keeping in view the recent developments
in the civil aviation sector, and with a view to modernize and update the
existing ASAs with foreign countries as per the ICAO templates, bilateral air
services consultations were held in 2010 with foreign countries viz.
Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Ireland, Brazil, UK and Iran and the respective
ASAs have been amended and finalized.
Bilateral Air Services Agreements were formally signed with Bhutan, Iceland,
Nepal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, South Africa and Iran. Apart from these, new Air Services Agreements
have been initialled with Senegal, Barbados and Rwanda.
Technical co-operation agreements
with Nepal and Afghanistan:-
co-operation agreements were signed by the Director General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) with the Nepalese and Afghan civil
aviation authorities in order to provide active technical support including
training of personnel to these countries by India to promote and develop civil
India – EU civil aviation
the Joint Action Plan, a Civil Aviation Co-operation Project - II has been
agreed to. Its Terms of Reference (TOR)
have been finalized. The project called
“Institutional Capacity Building in the Civil Aviation sector in India (ICAA)”
has been started under India – EU civil aviation co-operation.
– US Aviation Joint Working Group on Security:-
India – US Aviation Joint Group Meeting on Security was held in New Delhi on 20
– 21 January, 2010. During this meeting
two MoUs on deployment of Air Marshals and Co-operation in Airport Technical
Visits were signed between the Government of India and the Government of United
States of America. The two MoUs mark the
beginning of an ongoing co-operation between the two countries in matters of
India – EU ATM Symposium:-
Under India – EU project on civil aviation
co-operation, a high level EU – India ATM Symposium was held in New Delhi on 23rd
and 24th November, 2009. The
purpose of this technical session was to present and exchange views on European
and Indian initiatives on ATM such as the Single European Sky Legislation, the
SESAR programme and those undertaken by India and to explore together the
precise field of co-operation that may set up the EU – India ATM agenda in the
of the domestic passenger traffic:-
carried by domestic airlines from January-August, 2010 were 339.09 lakh as
against 284.24 lakh in the corresponding period (January-August) of year 2009
thereby registering growth of (+19.3%).
number of scheduled airlines operating in the country has increased
considerably. The number of domestic scheduled airlines has now become 16; this
includes 11 Scheduled Passenger Airlines, 2 Scheduled Regional (Passenger)
Airlines and 3 Scheduled (Cargo) Airlines.
However, at present only 13 scheduled airlines are operational. The
total number of aircraft in their fleet has risen to 425 in August, 2010.
number of Non-scheduled operators is 118.
The number of aircraft in their fleet has risen to 344 in August, 2010
from 327 in December, 2009.
promote air connectivity between specific regions and to enable more efficient
air travel services within the region, as well as linking such regions and
expand air travel services for Tier II and Tier III cities within the country’s
aviation network, 06 companies were granted initial NOC to operate Scheduled
Air Transport (Regional) Services.
Guidelines for Passenger Facilitation:-
From time-to-time the
Ministry of Civil Aviation / Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issues
guidelines for Passenger Facilitation.
Some of the important guidelines issued recently in this regard are as
(a) Guidelines for Computer Reservation
System / Global Distribution System:-
of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) Section
3, Series M, Part III on Computer Reservation system (CRS) / Global
Distribution System (GDS) which contains guidelines to be followed by system
vendors, subscribers and participating carriers. The issue of fictitious booking and abusive
ticketing practice is covered in Paragraph 4.4.2 of the CAR. The violation of the provisions of the CAR is
punishable under the provisions of Schedule VI to the Aircraft Rules, 1937.
This will be a Category III offence attracting a maximum penalty of six months
imprisonment or Rs. Two Lakh fine or both.
Under the heading of ‘Obligation
of Subscribers’ the following provisions have been made:
-The subscriber shall not
manipulate information supplied by the Computer Reservation System (CRS)/Global
Distribution System (GDS) in a manner that would result in biased, inaccurate
or misleading information to the consumer.
-The subscriber shall not make
fictitious reservations in the CRS/GDS and shall not resort to any abusive
ticketing practice. On detection, the concerned participating carrier shall
report the matter to DGCA for appropriate action in the matter.
-The subscriber shall provide to
a consumer all relevant information furnished by the participating carriers in
respect of services in the following manner:
a) Orally, at the time the
consumer expresses an interest and at the time of reservation or sale; and
(b) In writing, at the time of
reservation, when requested by the consumer, and at the time of issue of
-In any direct oral communication
with a consumer concerning a flight that is part of a code-share arrangement, a
subscriber shall act in a following manner:
(a) Inform the consumer, before
effecting booking, that the carrier whose designator code will appear on the
ticket is not the transporting carrier and shall identify the transporting
(b) At the time of sale, provide
the consumer with written notice of the carrier that will be operating the
service or segment of an itinerary.
(b) The guidelines for payment of
compensation to passengers in case of denied boarding due to overbooking:
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a Civil Aviation
Requirements (CAR) Section 3, Series M, Part IV, which provides for payment of
compensation to passengers in case of denied boarding due to overbooking. The
CAR is available on website of DGCA.
The CAR inter-alia includes:
- The financial compensation
indicated below shall be given only if the amount of tickets cost is higher
than the compensation amount:-
a) Rs. 2,000/- or
the value of the ticket whichever is less for flights having a block time of
upto and including one hour
b) Rs. 3,000/- or
the value of the ticket whichever is less for flights having block time of more
than one hour and upto and including two hours
c) Rs. 4,000/- or
the value of the ticket whichever is less for flights having a block time of
more than two hours.
If the cost of the
ticket is less than the amount of compensation indicated above, the airline
will be liable to compensate an amount equivalent to the ticket cost in
addition to refund of air ticket.
Additionally, passengers shall be
offered free of charge the following:
a) Meals and refreshments in
relation to waiting time.
b) Hotel Accommodation when
necessary (including transfers).
Airlines shall pay particular
attention to the needs of persons with reduced mobility and any other person(s)
(c) Guidelines for refund of airline ticket:
Requirements (CAR), Section 3 - Air Transport Series ‘M’, Part II, Issue 1
dated 22nd May, 2008 prescribes minimum requirement for refund of
ticket purchased by persons / passengers with respect of air transport
undertaking including scheduled and non-scheduled operators. The salient
features of the CAR are as under:-
- In case of credit card
payments, refund shall be made by the airlines within seven days of the
cancellation to the account of credit card holder.
- In case of cash transactions,
refund shall be made immediately by the airlines office from where the ticket
- In case of purchase of ticket
through travel agents, the arrangement for refund be left to the passenger and
the travel agent.
- Airlines shall necessarily
return the PSF collected by them from the passengers on non-utilization /
cancellation of tickets.
- Airlines shall refund any
charges such as congestion charge, fuel surcharge etc. alongwith the refund of the ticket, unless these are clubbed
with basic fares.
- When being offered tickets for
future travel, passengers shall be allowed an option for refund of money
- The airlines should indicate in
an unambiguous manner the amount of refund of money admissible on cancellation
of a ticket. For this purpose, the
amount and its break-up may be indicated on the ticket itself or through
separate form used for the purpose, and the policy and amount of refund shall
also be displayed by the airlines on their respective websites.
- In case of lost ticket coupons,
the airlines shall take prompt action to refund the ticket amount after
verification from their records.
Compliance of above mentioned CAR
is mandatory for all the domestic scheduled airlines.
(d) Guidelines on Carriage by Air of persons
with disability and / or persons with reduce mobility:
DGCA had issued CAR
Section 3- Air Transport, Series ‘M’, Part I, Issue II dated 1st May
2008 on Carriage by Air of persons with disability and / or persons with reduce
mobility. The CAR inter-alia states
that no airlines shall refuse to carry persons with disability or persons with
reduced mobility and their assistive aids / devices, escorts. The airline shall formulate a detailed
procedure for Carriage of disabled persons or persons with reduced mobility and
publish the same on their website.
(e) Guidelines on deceptive advertisement of
In order to have
transparency in airfare advertising, Rule 135 of Aircraft Rules, 1937 has been
amended whereby airlines shall display tariff in a conspicuous manner to show
the total amount payable by a passenger and a complete break-up of the total
amount, indicating the fare, tax, fees or any other charge, if any, separately.
DGCA has issued Air
Transport Circular 5 & 6 of 2009 in this regard. Accordingly, scheduled
airlines were requested to comply. Scheduled domestic airlines viz. NACIL (I), Jet, JetLite, Kingfisher,
Spicejet, Paramount, Go, IndiGo and MDLR Airlines have complied with the Rule
135 of Aircraft Rules, 1937 with regard to display of airfares on their
(f) Instruction to airlines to issue row
seat numbers to all passengers on their boarding passes:-
of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), Section 3
- Air Transport, Series ‘C’ Part VII dated 26th April 2007
instructing the scheduled airlines to issue row and seat numbers to all
passengers at all stations, which should be indicated on their boarding passes.
for Greenfield Airports
Government has promulgated the ‘Policy for Greenfield Airports’ on
24.04.2008. The new policy aims to
streamline the approval process to facilitate strengthening and augmenting of
airports infrastructure in the country.
It also attempts to make the approval process more transparent and
predictable. The policy does not attempt
to undermine the authority of the Government / Union Cabinet. Pursuant to Policy for Greenfield Airports, a
Steering Committee was constituted to monitor and facilitate the approval
process of proposals received for setting up of the airport. So far, the Central Government had accorded
“in-principle” approval for setting up of a Greenfield airport at Mopa (Goa),
Navi Mumbai, Sindhudurg (Maharashtra), Bijapur, Gulbarga, Hassan, Shimoga
(Karnataka), Kannur (Kerala), Pakyong(Sikkim), Durgapur (West Bengal), Dabra
(Madhya Pradesh), Palladi (Rajasthan), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh).
Streamlining and promoting Cargo Operations
Ministry of Civil Aviation issued an order dated 23.02.2009, wherein, it was
decided that the free period applicable for air cargo at all Indian airports
are as under:-
Free period for imports and exports
would be calculated in terms of hours and not in days.
For import cargo, the free period would
be 72 hours (i.e. 3 working days)
For export cargo, free period for
airlines would be 48 hours and free period of exporters would be 24 hours.
Thus, the total free period available for export cargo would be 72 hours (i.e. 3 working days.). In case of public
holidays on any two or more consecutive days, free period would be further
increased by an additional 12 hours.
If the cargo operations at an airport
take place round the clock, the counting for holidays would be considered for
the purpose of reckoning of free period.
of Non-metro airports by Airports Authority of India (AAI)
has been undertaking up-gradation and modernization of 35 non-metro airports in
the country in a time bound manner as per Government’s decision. In pursuance to Committee of Infrastructure’s
decision, AAI has also initiated the process for preparing the tender document
for city side development of selected 24 non-metro airports through Public
Private Participation (PPP). Meanwhile,
the scope of city side development has been restricted to the following
activities e.g. Commercial
development of property on city- side, Car park and Cargo operations.
Restructuring of Delhi and Mumbai airports
Modernization of Delhi Airport: The
Operation, Management and Development Agreement (OMDA) was signed between M/s
Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) and Airports Authority of
India (AAI) on 04.04.2006. The lease of
the Airport to the Joint Venture Company (JVC) is for an initial period of 30
years, which is extendable by another 30 years. Subsequent to the signing of
OMDA, DIAL took over IGI Airport at Delhi on 3rd May 2006. DIAL had prepared a 20 year Master Plan for
restructuring and development of IGI Airport Delhi, projecting all the
facilities which would be commissioned in a phased manner and would ultimately
cater to 100 million passengers by the year 2036. Phase-I of the project has been completed on
31.03.2010, at an estimated cost of Rs. 12,258 crores for additional passenger
handling capacity of 34 million passengers per annum (mppa). The major development works completed during
the Year 2009-10 are Civil Work-Terminal - 3 Passenger Terminal Building,
Apron, Taxiways and the work on all 32 Mandatory Capital Projects (MCP).
of Mumbai Airport: The
Operation, Management and Development Agreement (OMDA) was signed between
Mumbai International Airport Private Limited. (MIAL) and Airports Authority of
India (AAI) on 04.04.2006, and the Joint Venture Company (JVC) took over the
management and development of Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport (CSIA)
w.e.f. 3rd May, 2006. There
was a transition phase of three months and w.e.f. 3rd August, 2006.
MIAL has been independently handling management and operation of CSIA.
per the Master Plan prepared by MIAL, total project cost for development of
CSIA is estimated to be Rs. 9,802 crores.
The target completion of this project is 31.12.2012. The major development works completed during
the Year 2009-10 are S6 (Realignment of Taxiway B1 to Code F), S10 (Domestic
Terminal Expansion), S9 (South-West pier), Upgradation and Realignment of
Runway 14/32, T2 (New common User Terminal including MLCP & Elevated
Roadways), T2 Apron etc. The work on 31 MCP has been completed.
International Airport, Devenahalli, Bengaluru:
Greenfield airport project at Devanahalli near Bengaluru has been implemented
on a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis for 30 years with
Public-Private - Participation (PPP) at revised cost of Rs. 2,068 crores. State Government of Karnataka and Airports
Authority of India (AAI) together hold 26% equity and the strategic joint
venture partners hold the balance 74%.
AAI’s investment in the equity is capped at Rs. 50 crores. A Consortium led by Siemens, Germany with
Unique Zurich, Switzerland and Larsen & Toubro, India Limited, as other
members have been chosen as the strategic Joint Venture Partners. The airport
was commissioned on 24th May, 2008.
Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad: A Greenfield airport has been
developed in Shamshabad, near Hyderabad on Build Own Operate and Transfer
(BOOT) basis with Public Private Participation (PPP) by the State Government of
Andhra Pradesh. The approximate cost of the Project is Rs. 2,920 crores.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) and State Government of Andhra Pradesh
together hold 26% equity with AAI’s equity being capped at Rs. 50 crore. The
balance 74% being held by the strategic partner, a consortium consisting of M/s
GMR Enterprises and Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhand (MAHB). The airport was
commissioned on 23rd March, 2008. Airports Council International has
adjudged Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad near Hyderabad as the
‘World’s Best Airport’ for the Airport Service Quality amongst the airports
handling 5-15 million passengers category for the year 2009.
Cabinet has approved the proposal for declaring the Airport at Tirupati as an
Development of Airports Infrastructure
by Airports Authority of India
Authority of India is a leader in infrastructure building for developing
airports infrastructure along the length and breadth of the country including
remote and far flung areas. AAI at
present manages 115 airports including 23 Civil Enclaves. AAI also provides CNS-ATM facilities at 11
other airports. About 2.8 million
nautical square miles area of nation airspace covering Bay of Bengal and
Arabian Sea has been assigned to AAI for provision of Air Traffic Services.
Terminal Buildings have been constructed / commissioned at Dehradun, Jaipur,
Kullu, Udaipur, Gaya, Cooch Behar, Dibrugarh, Lilabari, Ahmedabad (New
Departure Block for Domestic Terminal Building), Aurangabad, Bhuj, Gondia,
Porbandar, Mysore, Mangalore, Trichy, Vizag, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Varanasi,
Barapani (Shillong), Ahmedabad (New International Terminal Building) and
Madurai. These Terminals have modern
passenger facilities besides comfortable lounges / user friendly amenities and
good ambience. State of the art
technology has been used in these Terminals.
Terminal Buildings are under construction at Kolkata, Chennai, Chandigarh,
Lucknow, Khajuraho, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Raipur, Bhopal, Goa, Indore and
Rajamundry airports. A Greenfield
airport is under construction at Pakyong in Sikkim. Expansion and modification of Terminal
Buildings at Pune and Coimbatore airports is also in progress.
of new terminal buildings at Leh, Port Blair, Badodara, Jammu, Jaiselmer,
Coimbatore, Pondicherry and Tirupati airports have been proposed. New Greenfield Airports have also been
planned at Chiethu in Nagaland and Itanagar in Arunchal Pradesh.
Modernisation of Kolkata Airport
project for the development of a new Integrated Terminal Building at Netaji
Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata was sanctioned in August
2008 at a cost of Rs.1,942.51 crore. The
physical progress of the project upto September 2010 was 44%. The project
comprises construction of a Passenger Terminal Building of approximately 1,80,000
sqm. having pile foundations including all civil and superior finishing works
at par with international standards. The
pavement works includes extension of secondary runway by 432 metres towards
southern side, construction of associated taxi track, apron / parking bays and
2 nos. rapid exit taxiways. The
integrated Passenger Terminal Building is designed to handle 20 million
passenger annually (16 million Domestic & 4 million International) with
peak hour capacity of 7452 passengers.
For Domestic Terminal, the saturation year is 2016-17 and for
International Terminal, the saturation year is 2023-24. The main work of building construction
costing 1602.61 crores was awarded on 06.10.2008. The probable date of completion of this work
is August 2011. The pavement works
costing Rs.95.24 crores has also been awarded on 25.08.2008. The probable date of completion of this work
is August 2011.
Modernisation of Chennai International
project for the development and modernization of Chennai International Airport
was sanctioned in August 2008 at a cost of Rs.1,808 crores. The physical progress of the project upto
September 2010 was 58%. The project
consists of construction of a new Domestic Terminal Building covering an area
of 67,700 sqm. and extension of existing Anna International Terminal of 59,300
sqm. and Extension of secondary runway across the Adyar River by 1032 meters,
construction of parallel taxi-track and 10 nos. of parking bays. The main work for construction of Terminal Building
has been awarded in October 2008 at a cost of Rs.1273 crores. The probable date of completion of this work
is May 2011. The work for extension of
runway taxi-track and parking bay has been awarded. Probable date of completion of this work is
January 2011. After completion of the
work, passenger handling capacity at Chennai will increase from 9 million to 23
million. The Terminal Building will be
with modern design shall have all state of the art facilities like aerobridges,
escalators, travellators, etc with multi-level car park. The new Terminal will also have Metro
connectivity. The cost of both of the above projects at Chennai and Kolkatta
airports have however been revised to Rs.2015 crores and Rs.2325 crores
Flying Training Institute Private Limited, Gondia in Maharashtra
Authority of India (AAI) in collaboration with CAE, Canada has set up a Joint
Venture Company (JVC) in the name of National Flying Training Institute Private
Limited (NFTIPL). This Institute is
located at Gondia in Maharshtra. AAI
holds 49% equity share capital while CAE, Canada holds 51% share capital in
this Joint Venture Company (JVC). The
Institute has been named after the late Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi
National Flying Training Institute (RGNFTI).
facility became operational in September, 2008. The objective of setting up
this institute is to provide qualified and well trained pilots. The Institute, spread over an area of 12
acres has State-of-the-art Simulator, Administration Block, class rooms,
hostels for boys and girls, sport complex and a wi-fi enabled cafeteria.
present, 63 boys and 23 girls are undergoing training at RGNFTI for becoming
commercial pilots. The first batch of
students was likely to get CPL by second week of September 2010. Training is
imparted on simulator and through a fleet of seven single engine aircraft
(DA-40) along with one multi engine aircraft (DA-42).
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) is an autonomous Body under the
Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA). The Akademi was established to bring about a
quantum improvement in the standards of flying and ground training of
Commercial Pilots in the country. The
Akademi has got 26 aircraft with associated host of Simulators, Airfield, Air
Space and excellent infrastructural facilities for imparting, flying and ground
training to the student for award of Commercial Pilots Licence. The Akademi imparts training for Commercial
Pilot Licence, Instrument Rating and Multi Engine Endorsement, Until Sep 2010.
572 Pilots already passed out of IGRUA with CPL and at present 193 students are
undergoing training at IGRUA for CPL.
entered into a Management contract with M/s CAE Canada in March 2008. As per the contract, CAE Canada is to manage
IGRUA and bring it to a world class standard.
It has been entrusted with the task of training 100 pilots per
year. The training period would also be
gradually reduced from two years to one year.
With the appointment of CAE for management of IGRUA and continued
financial support from Ministry of Civil Aviation for its infrastructure
upgradation, IGRUA has increased its output both in quality and quantity
National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (Air
‘Air India’ and ‘Indian’ merger attained its official
status on the formation of National Aviation Company of India Ltd. (Air India)
on 27h August 2007. Post merger the new entity is known as Air India
while its mascot is retained as 'Maharajah'. The new company has the following
subsidiaries under its control:
Hotel Corporation of India
Hotel Corporation of India Limited (HCI) is a Public Limited Company wholly
owned by Air India Limited and was incorporated on July 8, 1971 under the
Companies Act, 1956 when Air India decided to enter the Hotel Industry in
keeping with the then prevalent trend among world airlines. The objective was
to offer to the passengers a better product, both at the International Airport
and at other places of tourist interest, thereby also increasing tourism to
india. However, in 2002-03, three properties of HCL, viz. Indo-Hokke Hotel
Limited (Centaur Hotel, Rajgir), Centaur Hotel, Juhu Beach and Centaur Hotel,
Mumbai airport were sold off. The remaining units of HCI are Centaur Hotel,
Delhi Airport, Centaur Hotel Lakeview, Srinagar and Flight Kitchens at Delhi and
Air India Express
India Express has a fleet of seven leased and six owned B737-800 aircrafts.
Commencing with 26 Kerala/ Gulf flights, Air India Express operations have
grown and new routes have been added to the network. Currently, 57 international
flights are operated on different routes. In addition, Air India Express
operated five weekly flights on the Chennai/ Kuala Lumpur Sector on behalf of
Air India. Effective 11 January 2007, Air India flights between India and
Bahrain/Doha are being operated by Air India Express. Effective Summer ’07,
with the fleet expansion, it is anticipated that Air India express will operate
approximately 130 flights per week. New cities such as Tiruchirapally, Jaipur,
Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kolkata are likely to be added to the network. In
addition, frequencies on some of the existing routes may be increased in
response to market requirements.
Alliance Air was set up on 15.4.1996 as a separate company envisioned to
function as profit centre of erstwhile Indian Airlines Limited to effectively
utilize the Boeing 737 aircraft fleet and to improve productivity and
profitability of India Airlines Ltd. At
present, Alliance Air has taken a lease 4 ATR- 42 aircraft and commenced
scheduled operations in the North-East Region with effect from 2.1.2003. These
aircraft have been deployed exclusively in the North-East Region in terms of
MOU with the North-Eastern Council. In return, a budgetary support of Rs.175
crores is being provided over a period of five years (annual budget of Rs.35
crores) by the NEC during the 10th Five Year Plan. Throughout the
period of the MOU, North-Eastern Council is required to facilitate Alliance Air
in obtaining concessions on ATF, Landing RNFC rates, etc., whenever available.
The MOU is effective from the financial year 2002-03 for a period of five
years, which has now been extended for another one year i.e. December 2008.
Besides the ATR aircraft, Alliance Air operates B 737-200 aircrafts on various
As on 1st
July 2010, the operational fleet strength of Air India is 134 of which 107 are owned and 27 are
part of fleet augmentation, an order for the purchase of 111 new aircraft (50
for erstwhile Air India, 18 for Air India Express and 43 for erstwhile Indian)
has been placed by Air India.
As a part of improvement of the
infrastructure, Air India is in the process of creation of bases for new
aircraft as under:
As a part of setting up a base for B737 aircraft, a MRO facility is being set
up at Thiruvananthapuram. The hanger facility for the same is nearing
– As a part of setting up the additional base at Delhi for B777 & B787
aircraft, a wide body hanger facility is being set up at Delhi for these
Pawan Hans Helicopters
provides helicopter support services to several state Governments namely,
Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Lakshadweep,
Andmans & Nicobar Island. It is also providing helicopter services to
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) at Guwahati and GAIL. PHHL runs the helicopter
services from Phata to the Holy Shrine of Kedarnath during the May-June and
September-October seasons, after construction of Helipad at the location. The
Company has succeeded in obtaining award of contract for two light single
engine helicopters for a period of 3 years for helicopter services at Mata
Vaishno Deviji from Katra to Sanjhichat under competitive bidding and the
services commenced w.e.f. 3.4.2008.
PHHL has also got contract for deployment of helicopters for Sri
Amarnathji during the season in July-August, 2010. The year 2008 was celebrated as the “Year of the Helicopter”. Delhi Development Authority has given
“in-principle” approval for providing land for a heliport at Rohini and at the
Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi.
Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA)
AERA has been established on 12.05.2009 with the
prime objective to create a level playing field and foster healthy competition
among all major airports (Government owned, Public Partnership based, Private),
encourage investment in airport facilities, regulate tariffs of aeronautical
services, protection of reasonable interest of users, operate efficient,
economic and viable airports at notified airports. The commencement of Chapter III and Chapter
VI of AERA Act is notified, w.e.f. 01.09.2009 to enable AERA to discharge
regulatory functions. AERA has got
operationalized with manpower consisting of Chairperson, Secretary and other
skeleton supporting staff. The AERA is
in the process of formulating approach, philosophy in economic regulation of
airports and air navigation services for regulation of tariff in consultation
with stake holders.
FDI in Civil Aviation Sector
Government has approved the FDI limits in Civil
Aviation sector, which involves upto 74% on automatic route for non-scheduled
airlines, chartered airlines and cargo airlines and upto 100% for NRIs, subject
to ‘no direct’ or ‘indirect’ participation by foreign airlines in the
non-scheduled and chartered airlines.