Air India) finally took shape after five years of their merger, with the implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Dharmadhikari Committee.
Playing a pro-active role, government also considerably opened up the air services agreements (ASAs) with other countries, allowing all Indian airlines to take advantage of it and mount more international flights.
The Civil Aviation Ministry led by RLD chief Ajit Singh saw a new post of Minister of State being created and taken over by an important Congress leader from Kerala, K C Venugopal.
It also witnessed a change of guards among its top officials, with senior bureaucrat E K Bharat Bhushan being shunted out of the Ministry as the DGCA head. The year also saw Nasim Zaidi being replaced on his retirement as the Civil Aviation Secretary by K N Shrivastava.
India, along with major countries like the US, Russia and China, launched a united opposition to the European Union's move to impose a carbon tax by including aviation in its Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS). Global efforts under the International Civil Aviation Organisation are now on to work out a resolution of the issue.
The Ministry was working on a legislation to create the Civil Aviation Authority, with financial and administrative autonomy, to replace DGCA. It was also in the process of creating a separate Aviation Security Force.
Though a series of statements were made regarding promoting of air connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities and creation of airport and other aviation infrastructure there, concrete measures on the ground are still to be taken.