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Indian Airports
EXISTING POSITION
1. There are 449 airports/airstrips in the country. Among these, the AAI owns and manages 5 international airports, 87 domestic airports and 28 civil enclaves at Defence airfields and provides air traffic services over the entire Indian airspace and adjoining oceanic areas.



2. In 1998-99, these 120 airports/civil enclaves handled 4.20 lakh aircraft movements involving 24.17 million domestic and 12.83 million international passengers and 221 thousand metric tones of domestic cargo and 468 thousand metric tones of international cargo. 51 percent of traffic was handled at the international airports at Mumbai and Delhi. Presently various airlines are operating only through 61 airports. The remaining are lying unutilised at best handling occasional aircraft operations.

3. The turnover of the Authority was Rs.1591.27 crores for the year ended March, 1999 and under audit figure of the Post Tax Profits for the year ended is Rs.208.41 crores as against Rs.196.14 crores for the year ended March, 1998.




4. Historically, air traffic at Indian airports has broadly followed a particular distribution pattern, except that some airports have changed their inter-se position vis-a-vis volume of traffic. The airport-wise percentage share of total passenger and cargo traffic in the descending order of magnitude is on the next page.



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