The Indian Government has made it mandatory for airports in India to acquire a licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to undertake flight operations from July 2010.
According to a government notification, no organisation will be allowed to operate scheduled air transport services to and from an aerodrome from 30 June 2011 unless licensed by DGCA.
DGCA will carry out inspections and safety audits at airports across the country to grant licences to airport operators, including those managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
DGCA will have to licence 63 airports, including 53 operated by AAI, along with airports in New Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Bangalore and Hyderabad owned either by the private sector or joint ventures.
The aviation body will issue licences to the airports in phases; priority will be given to international airports in the first phase, according to The Economic Times.
The licensing procedure for airports has been initiated as part of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.