Privatization of Delhi & Mumbai Airports - A Bumpy Take Off

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Case Details:


Case Code : ECON016 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400;
For delivery through courier (within India): Rs. 400 + Shipping & Handling Charges extra


Case Length : 21 Pages
Period : 2003-06
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation
Industry : Civil Aviation
Countries : India


The case explains the need for modernization and upgradation of the Delhi and Mumbai airports. It outlines the sequence of events leading to the initiation of the modernization process, policy changes, details of the bidding process, the views of various concerned parties on the bidding process, and the finer points of the court case.

The case also highlights the views of Left parties and the employees of Airport Authority of India.


To understand the need for privatization of the Mumbai and Delhi airports

To understand the process of privatization the Mumbai and Delhi airports

To understand the controversies surrounding the privatization of the airports

To understand the extent of transparency, or the lack of it, in the airport privatization process


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Brief History of the Aviation Industry in India 2
Mumbai and Delhi Airports 4
Call for Airport Development 6
The Privatization Process of Mumbai & Delhi Airports 6
The Bidding Process 7
The Release of the Note 9
Efforts to Bring in Transparency 10
Continuing Controversy 12
Outlook 15
Exhibits 16


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