From Chair­man’s Desk

Airports India - - PORTADA - R K Sri­vas­tava Chair­man, AAI

Dear Read­ers,

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… get set to ex­plore the un­ex­plored des­ti­na­tions in this fes­tive sea­son!

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