The government on July 18 introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha that seeks to amend the definition of major airports as well as have provisions for new tariff models for aerodromes. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was tabled by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.
The AERA is an independent economic regulator for protection of interests of airports, airlines and passengers.
The ministry is looking to change the definition of 'major airport'. Once the amendment comes into effect, those aerodromes handling more than 3.5 million passengers annually would be classified as major airports.
At present, the threshold for being considered as a major airport is 1.5 million passengers every year.