AAI gets Patel’s nod to enter ground handling

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to enter the lucrative business of ground handling across all the airports in the country and is likely to invite Expressions of Interest for joint ventures with some private players at some of the major airports.

Though the Airports Authority had decided to take the plunge into the Rs 1,000 crore ground handling (GH) industry (with the industry growing everyday), it was waiting for the introduction of the Civil aviation policy, as one of the policy recommendations stated that to streamline GH operations, three agencies comprising airport operators, an independent agency and a joint venture company should carry out ground handling at the airports.

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