The Government has directed all airports to make public announcements in local language first, followed by Hindi and English.
This decision has been taken by civil aviation minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu.
Officials said that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued a directive to all aerodromes under its control to start making public announcements in the local language in addition to Hindi and English.
The civil aviation ministry has also sent out a communication to private airport operators regarding public announcements to be made in the local language.
The directions would not be applicable for silent airports, where public announcements are not made, they added.
In 2016, the AAI had issued a circular asking airports under its control to make public announcements in the local language followed by Hindi and English.
In another similar directive, Indian aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued an advisory stating that airlines may consider using local language for in-flight announcements.
Announcements in local language would be in addition to the ones made in Hindi and English.
Plus, to enhance awareness about cultural heritage of India, pilots can make in-flight announcement about the important monument or site (such as the Taj Mahal, the Konark Temple, the Ajanta Ellora, the Statue of Unity etc.), which are enroute the flight.