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Customer Profile: Indian Airspace Just Got Safer


A data services agreement with Aireon is much more than just a piece of paperwork—it represents a lasting commitment between Aireon and our partners to improve the efficiency and safety of the aviation industry for the flying public.

This past July, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Aireon partnered to deploy space-based ADS-B in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata oceanic airspaces, which cover India’s air traffic control in the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Indian Ocean.

Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata oceanic airspaces


“AAI’s leadership and approach to technology and safety is ensuring that one of the world’s largest and busiest airspaces continues to be one of the safest,” according to Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon.

About Indian Airspace

India is the third largest aviation market in the world, with an airspace that spans over six million kilometers. It also happens to be the most dense airspace in the world, with numerous  flights between South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe traveling these oceanic airspaces every single day.

Adding to the complexity of India’s airspace, it’s one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. Even while most developed global economies are expected to see slower aviation growth, the global airline industry expects Indian aviation to grow consistently by double-digits for the next few years.

AAI With Aireon

Although radar is available in nearly 100% of its domestic airspace, a significant amount of AAI’s high seas international airspace has no real-time visibility.

Before Aireon, AAI’s oceanic airspace air traffic surveillance in Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Indian Ocean is based on voice or data-link position reporting using procedural Air Traffic Control (ATC) separation services.

With Aireon, that will all change.

What’s Next

Aireon and AAI will now collaborate closely over the next few months, preparing for space-based ADS-B data to go live in India’s air traffic control centers. This will include working to address the specific requirements of the Indian Oceanic airspaces and AAI infrastructure to ensure a smooth integration of Aireon’s data to AAI’s existing air traffic control surveillance system.

To learn more about the changes to come once space-based ADS-B is implemented in India’s airspace, read the AAI-Aireon case study. With many of the benefits have yet to take effect, this case study will surely be the first of many.