From Chairman’s Desk
It is festival time! The festivities in India have begun and will be peaking in October. The most happening festivals can be sensed with its spurt of fanfare on all the four days of the Durga Puja festival, which would be followed by Dussehra. The autumnal festival popularly known as Sharodotsav in West Bengal, recalls the power of female Shakti symbolized by the Goddess Durga who slays the ASURA to reestablish peace and sanctity on mother earth again. Dussehra, which is the tenth and final day of Durga Puja in Bengal and the rest of Eastern India, Navratri in North and West India, and culmination of Ramlila in the northern parts of India, with the famous Nakkatayya at Chetganj and Bharat Milap at Nati-imli in the city of Varanasi, makes it more enthralling. Also known as Vijayadashami, Dussehra commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the ten headed demon king Ravana. These festivals are a true salute to women empowerment and the victory of good over evil.
To make travel pleasant for the passengers, the Airports Authority of India has continued to add destination after destination to keep pace with the growing demand and bridge the gap between the demand and capacity. This has paved the way for the development of airport infrastructure in the country and will surely boost the overall connectivity for Tourism and Trade in the Country.
Recently, travelling to Chandigarh and Raipur cities have been made easier by AAI. The new Civil Air Terminal at Chandigarh developed by a Joint Venture Company, Chandigarh International Airport Limited(chial),with participation from AAI, Government of Punjab and Haryana, has been dedicated to the Nation by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. The terminal building is equipped with the state-of-theart facilities. The New Terminal has the features of eco-friendliness and cater to enhanced passenger facilities in respect of comfort, convenience, and aesthetics. The facility will give impetus to the economic development of the region and would contribute immensely towards tourism in the State of Haryana, Punjab and city of Chandigarh in particular.
Another airport, Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, dedicated to the Nation by Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 7th November 2012, has now been awarded the National Tourism Award 2013-14 for the best airport in the country. The President of India has conferred the Award on 18th September, 2015, for the best Airport in non-metro category. The airport has been transformed from an ordinary airport to an extraordinary one during a span of three years.
The AAI’S continuous endeavor resulted in an airport with international class ambience and smooth air traffic transition. Swami Vivekananda Airport is now a vivid example of an exceptionally designed Airport in the country…..so get set to explore the unexplored destinations in this festive season!