The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is to
implement Aireon's air traffic surveillance service in Mumbai,
Chennai and Kolkata's oceanic airspaces, an area of over six
million square kilometers.
of the space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
(ADS-B), is set for year's end.
Real-time air traffic
surveillance over the busy routes between South East Asia, India,
the Middle East and Europe and beyond will significantly increase
efficiency and improve transitions between oceanic and domestic
"The decision to implement Aireon's technology is
not only a major step in improving safety and enhancing capacity
for our flying public, but also ensures that as one of the globe's
fastest growing markets, we are planning for our continued
growth," said Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI. "AAI will
be the first Air Navigation Service Provider in the region to
implement a technological initiative, on this scale, and offer
enhanced air traffic surveillance services to its users."
has become the third largest aviation market in the world with a
rate of sustained double-digit growth for the last 50 months.
Forecasts suggest that the growth will continue, and Indian
airspace is going to experience an imminent need for additional capacity.
"AAI's leadership and approach to technology and
safety is ensuring that one of the world's busiest airspaces
continues to be one of the safest," said Aireon's CEO, Don Thoma.
"We are excited that AAI will be the first in the region to deploy
this capability and we look forward to this partnership to improve
safety and efficiency in Indian airspace."
India will join 26 other countries who are actively deploying Aireon's space-based ADS-B for air traffic surveillance.