A flight dispatcher also known as an aircraft dispatcher, airline dispatcher, flight follower or flight operations officer, assists in planning flight paths, taking into account wind direction and speed, weather, storms, aircraft performance and loading, landing conditions at destination or alter airports, and other conditions.

Dispatchers provide a flight following service and advise pilots if conditions or paths change. They usually work in the operations or control center of the airline. A dispatcher must be certificated by the aviation authority of the country in our case, the DGCA, in which they operate or have a base of operations.

The pilot in command of the flight holds responsibility for the other 50%. A flight dispatcher has the legal authority to refuse to dispatch a flight if safety is in any way in question, as does the pilot in command. This is known as 'Co-Authority Dispatch'.

In order to obtain a certificate, a candidate must demonstrate extensive knowledge of meteorology and of aviation in general, to a level comparable to the holder of an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Flight dispatchers are legally 50% responsible for the safety of every flight they dispatch.

Because commercial decision making in an airline can conflict with the safety of a flight, a flight dispatcher's responsibilities are kept separate from the commercial aspects of an airline's operation, and as such the profession is primarily focused on the safety of a flight; all other duties are secondary.