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THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AUTHORITY ACT, 1971

Title : THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AUTHORITY ACT, 1971

Year : 1971



The Authority may,-

(i) With the previous approval of the Central Government, charge fees or rent,-

(a) For the landing, housing or parking of aircrafts or for any other service or facility offered in connection with aircraft operations, at any airport, heliport or airstrip.

Explanation.-In this sub-clause "aircraft"does not include an aircraft belonging to the Indian Defence Services and "aircraft operations" do not include operations of any aircraft belonging to the said Services;

(b) For the amenities given to the passengers and visitors at any airport, heliport or airstrip;

(c) For the use and enjoyment by persons of facilities and other services provided by the Authority at any airport, heliport or airstrip;

(ii) With due regard to the instructions that the Central Government may give to the Authority, from time to time, charge fees or rent from persons who are given by the Authority any facility for carrying on any trade or business at any airport.



The Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament by law in this behalf,-

(a) Provide any capital, over and above the capital provided under clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 12, that may be required by the Authority for the discharge of its functions under this Act or for any purpose connected therewith on such terms and conditions as that Government may determine;

(b) Pay to the Authority, on such terms and conditions as the Central Government may determine, by way of loans or grants such sums of money as that Government may consider necessary for the efficient discharge by the Authority of its functions under this Act.



(1) The Authority shall have its own fund and all receipts of the Authority shall be credited thereto and all payments of the Authority shall be made therefrom.

(2) The Authority shall have power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to spend such sums as it thinks fit to cover all administrative expenses of the Authority and on objects or for purposes authorised by this Act and such sums shall be treated as expenditure out of the fund of the Authority.

(3) All moneys standing at the credit of the Authority which cannot immediately be applied as provided in sub-section (2) shall be deposited in the State Bank of India or in such scheduled bank or banks and subject to such conditions as may from time to time be specified by the Central Government.

Explanation.-In this sub-section "scheduled bank" has the same meaning as in clause (e) of section 2 of the Reserve Bank of India
Act, 1934. (2 of 1934.)



(1) The Authority may, from time to time, set apart such amounts as it thinks fit as a reserve fund or funds for the purpose of expanding existing facilities or services or creating new facilities or services at any airport or for the purpose of providing against any temporary decrease of revenue or increase of expenditure from transient causes or for purposes of replacement or for meeting expenditure arising from loss or damage from fire, cyclone, air-crash or other accident or for meeting any liability arising out of any act or omission in the discharge of its functions under this Act:

Provided that without prejudice to the right of the Authority to establish specific reserves for one or more specific purposes, the
Authority shall also have the power to establish a general reserve:

Provided further
that the sums set apart annually in respect of each or any of the specific and general reserves and the aggregate at any time of such sums shall not exceed such limits as may, from time to time, be fixed in that behalf by the Central Government.

(2) After making provision for such reserve fund or funds and for bad and doubtful debts, depreciation in assets and all other matters which are usually provided for by companies registered and incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, (1 of 1956.) the Authority shall pay the balance of its annual net profits to the Central Government.



(1) The Authority shall, before the commencement of each financial year, prepare a statement of the programme of its activities during the forthcoming financial year as well as a financial estimate in respect thereof.

(2) The statement prepared under sub-section (1) shall, not less than three months before the commencement of each financial year be submitted for approval to the Central Government.

(3) The statement and the financial estimates of the Authority, may, with the approval of the Central Government, be revised by the Authority.



The Authority may invest its funds (including any reserve fund) in the securities of the Central Government or in such other manner as may be prescribed.



(1) The Authority may, with the consent of the Central Government or in accordance with the terms of any general or special authority given to it by the Central Government, borrow money from any source by the issue of bonds, debentures or such other instruments as it may deem fit for discharging all or any of its functions under this Act.

(2) The Central Government may guarantee in such manner as it thinks fit the repayment of the principal and the payment of interest thereon with respect to the loans borrowed by the Authority under sub-section (1).

(3) Subject to such limits as the Central Government may, from time to time, lay down, the Authority may borrow temporarily by way of overdraft or otherwise such amounts as it may require for discharging its functions under this Act.



(1) The Authority shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare an annual statement of accounts including the profit and loss account and the balance-sheet in such form as may be prescribed by the Central Government in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India.

(2) The accounts of the Authority shall be audited annually by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India and any expenditure incurred by him in connection with such audit shall be payable by the Authority to the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India.

(3) The Comptroller and Auditor-General of India and any person appointed by him in connection with the audit of the accounts of the
Authority shall have the same rights and privileges and authority in connection with such audit as the Comptroller and Auditor-General has in connection with the audit of Government accounts and, in particular, shall have the right to demand the production of book, accounts, connected vouchers, documents and papers and inspect any, of the offices of the Authority.

(4) The accounts of the Authority as certified by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India or any other person appointed by him in this behalf together with the audit report thereon shall be forwarded annually to the Central Government and that Government shall cause the same to be laid before both Houses of Parliament.
Last updated on June, 2016

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