Civil aviation


FDI In Civil & Aviation

The civil aviation industry in India has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in the country during the last three years. India is currently considered the third largest domestic civil aviation market in the world.

The country has 86 scheduled international airlines comprising of 5 Indian carriers and 81 foreign carriers, which ensure that India is well connected with most major countries. In FY20 (April-October 2019), domestic freight traffic stood at 0.80 million tonnes, while international freight traffic was at 1.20 million tonnes. 

The country's passenger traffic stood at 199.60 million in FY20 (April-October 2019) where domestic passenger traffic reached 160.16 million and International passenger reached 39.43 million.

In February 2019, the Government of India sanctioned the development of a new green-field airport in Hirasar, Gujarat, with an estimated investment of Rs.1,405 crore ($194.73 mn). As of January 2019, the Government of India is working on a blueprint to promote domestic manufacturing of aircrafts and aircraft financing within the country.

Up to 100% FDI in civil aviation in India is permitted in Non-scheduled air transport services under the automatic route.

Up to 100% FDI is permitted in helicopter services and seaplanes under the automatic route.

Up to 100% FDI is permitted in MRO for maintenance and repair organizations; flying training institutes; and technical training institutes under the automatic route.

Up to 100% FDI in aviation sector is permitted in Ground Handling Services subject to sectoral regulations & security clearance under the automatic route.


  • 11 %

    Passenger traffic growth

  • 15 %

    Foreign Tourist Arrival growth

  • 3 MMT

    Total freight traffic

  • 14 %

    Domestic aircraft movement growth

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