Airport Authority of India (AAI) looks after all the civil airports in India. Providing secured, competent air traffic services and aeronautical communication services is the basic occupation of Airport Authority of India.
History of Airways in India
The first domestic commercial air travel in India had started in February of the year 1911. The flight was from Allahabad to Nainital which was a distance of just 6 miles. With the passage of time, air travel in India has improved to a large extent. The first commercial airline that had started operating in India was Tata Airlines in the year 1933 and in the year 1945 the second domestic airline industry in India had begun with the name Deccan Airways. In 1946 Tata Airways had changed its name to AirIndia and in 1947 AirIndia had signed an agreement with the Government of India to begin its international operation.
Various Airways in India
Government of India has embraced a new ‘Open Skies’ Policy. Private companies in India, with pre-determined foreign partnership, if needed, can now vie with two major public undertakings – Indian Airlines and AirIndia. Excluding Indian Airlines, now there are various scheduled private airlines, rendering regular domestic services. Presently there are several players in the field of airlines in India. They are as follows:
Development of Airways in India
After independence, aviation industry in India has made considerable progress. India has both domestic and international airlines. Domestic airlines operate regularly between all important towns. However, the international airlines have a limited number of air connections with other countries. In Indian sub-continent, air services are controlled by the Indian Airlines. Regular flights are run between important towns like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Shimla, Chennai, Srinagar, Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Agartala, etc. Further, owing to India's central position, several foreign airline services pass through India. Airways in India, right from its beginning till date have come up a long way and several airlines in the country have a considerable market share.