AAI to have control over all airports: Supreme Court
India's Supreme Court stated the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has complete control over the airports in the country despite some airports being operated by private companies (DHNS/Economic Times/PTI, 15-Sep-2011). A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma directed Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to follow the directive issued by the Government to abolish the system of hiring contractual workers and pay compensation for 136 workers who were not reinstated after the expiration of their contracts. “Noticing that air traffic services and security are the heart of the airports and also noticing the clauses of operation management development agreement (OMDA) providing for overall supervision of DIAL by AAI, checking of accounts, step in rights of AAI and so on, it must be concluded that AAI has overall control of the airport site,” the bench said. “AAI clearly acts under the authority of the Central Government and DIAL acts under the authority of AAI because of its contract with DIAL,” the bench added.