India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation takes multiple initiatives for workforce expansion in DGCA, AERA and AAI

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, India has taken multiple proactive steps for the institutional strengthening and workforce expansion in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) and Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

The DGCA employs a team of qualified and experienced aircraft/aeronautical engineers, pilots, and air traffic controllers to carry out its regulatory and oversight functions.

As a testament to these efforts, a total of 416 new positions have been established in the DGCA, which will help the aviation watchdog to provide a safe environment in the sector.

The positions will be filled in phased manner. 114 posts out of these have already been filled.

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA)

AERA is an independent regulatory body tasked with overseeing the economic regulation of airports in India.

Its main objectives include creating a level playing field, fostering healthy competition among major airports, promoting investment in airport facilities, and regulating tariffs for aeronautical services.

A total of 10 new posts have been created with the constant indulgence of the Ministry of Civil Aviation for expeditious discharge of functions by AERA. 5 of these 10 posts have been filled.

Rest of the posts will be filled soon. Apart from this there were 27 vacancies in existing posts.

Out of which 24 have been filled and remaining 3 are under process.

Airports Authority of India (AAI)

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is committed to air travel safety and efficiency.

In this direction, it has taken numerous steps, including creation of required number of posts of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs), their Recruitment and Training.

To meet the growing demand of air travel, 796 additional posts of ATCOs have been created in two phases i.e. 340 posts in May 2022 and 456 posts in April 2023. Action has also been taken to fill the posts of ATCOs.