Airports Authority of India (AAI) is a statutory body constituted by an Act of Parliament and came into being on 1st April 1995 by merging erstwhile National Airports Authority and International Airports Authority of India. The functions of AAI is to creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure both on the ground and air space in the country. It is a Mini-Ratna Category-I public Sector Enterprise
AAI manages 125 airports, which include 18 International Airport, 07 Customs Airports, 78 Domestic Airports and 26 Civil Enclaves at Defense airfields.
Headquarters of AAI
The headquarters of Airports Authority of India is situated at New Delhi.
Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, an IAS officer of 1986 batch (Gujarat Cadre), is the Chairman of Airports Authority of India
Functions of AAI
The major functions of AAI are:
- 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.
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