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  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon`ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation(I/C) granted First ever license to Air Traffic Controllers of AAI

    Published on December 30, 2019

    New Delhi : Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Honorable Minister of State for Civil Aviation, today handed over the first ever license to air traffic controller of Airports Authority of India at a ceremony held in Ministry of Civil Aviation, at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi. Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary Ministry of Civil Aviation; Shri Arun Kumar, Director General of Civil Aviation, Shri Anuj Aggarwal. Member (HR), AAI Shri Vineet Gulati, Member (ANS), AAI and other senior officers of Ministry of Civil Aviation, DGCA and AAI were also present on this memorable event.


    This was a defining moment in the history of Civil Aviation in India as this is the first time that the air traffic controllers are being granted licenses by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) under Aircraft Rules, 1937.

    For many decades, the air traffic services are being provided safely and efficiently at civil airports, in Indian territorial airspace or airspace over high seas outside the Indian territorial airspace in pursuance of any international arrangement, by trained and qualified air traffic controllers. These air traffic controllers were rated to provide air traffic services in accordance with the norms established by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

    After an audit conducted by Universal Safety Oversight agency of ICAO in November 2017, ICAO recommended that the DGCA as a regulator, shall maintain oversight over the functions of air traffic controllers in Airports Authority of India, an Air Navigation Service Provider. Ministry of Civil Aviation, then directed the Director-General, Civil Aviation to issue licenses and rating to air traffic controllers of AAI.

    To enable licensing of air traffic controllers, Director General Civil Aviation approved the Air Traffic Services Training Organisations of Airports Authority of India located at Prayagraj, Hyderabad and Gondia to conduct approved training courses for air traffic controllers.

    Through a concerted and coordinated effort on the part of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, DGCA & AAI, the process for licensing of air traffic controllers of AAI started.

    A total of around 2400 air traffic controllers submitted their applications for issuance of licenses to DGCA and as on date around 2264 licenses are issued.

    Once the licensees are issued to the air traffic controllers, DGCA will perform the oversight on the functioning of air traffic controllers.