Aai among best service provider in the world, says chairman
(Excerpts from the Chairman’s speech given on April 1, 2016 on AAI Annual Day)
The celebrations give us an opportunity to catch up with the past and to explore the new vistas for success in the future. We shall take this opportunity to recognize those who have toiled hard to keep the AAI flag flying high. This is an occasion to share warmth, love, affection and progress forward with renewed vigour and camaraderie for the overall development of aviation sector in the country.
The Annual Day also gives us an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the organization over a period of time and the benefits it has accrued to our esteemed customers, stakeholders, employees and the country as a whole.
AAI family is elated and blessed by gracious presence of the Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Tourism & Culture and Hon’ble Secretary, Civil Aviation. I would like to take this opportunity to apprise this august gathering that AAI’S persistent efforts to improve the services and passenger facilities at its airports have placed AAI amongst the best service providers in the World. AAI’S four Airports are amongst the top five airports in the category of 2 to 5 million passengers per annum across the world. Jaipur airport has bagged the award for the 1st ranked airport and Lucknow has bagged the award for 2nd ranked airport.
AAI has also earned several other accolades during the year gone by including: • The ‘Golden Peacock Award’ for innovative Product/service for the year 2015 at Dubai for continuous work in modernizing of ANS infrastructure to meet customer needs and manage and operate ANS services in safe, efficient and cost effective manner. • AAI won the prestigious “Public Sector Undertaking for Excellence in Innovation in R&D award” for upper area Harmonization in Kolkata. ACI ASQ award for “Best Improved Airport” to Kolkata airport in Asia Pacific Region for year 2014. Raipur airport has been conferred with National Tourism Award 2013-14 for the best airport in the country and was handed over by the Hon’ble President of India. “Best Construction Project” conferred upon Chandigarh International Airport by Construction Industry Development Council. AAI has taken initiatives towards environment friendly processes both for air operations and airports. Green environment is a collaborative effort from all stakeholders to accelerate the transition from today’s operating • • • • environment to more advanced, efficient and environmental friendly concepts with an aim to reduce fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions – reducing aviation’s impact on the environment. New Integrated Terminal Building at Chandigarh Airport (Mohali side) has been provisionally certified with a ‘Four Star’ rating by GRIHA Council in September’2015. All new terminal building proposed are GRIHA rating ‘Three star’ minimum. AAI has been contributing towards social upliftment as a responsible corporate entity under CSR (Corporate social responsibility). Some of the projects undertaken are “Construction of Toilets in Govt. schools under Swachh Vidyalaya initiative in various states of the country. We have achieved 100% target on time and Secretary, MHRD, has recognized and congratulated AAI on achieving this target on time.
We have also taken up skill development of 1000 students from the underprivileged sections selected from across the country and we have completed this target as well, during current financial year.
In addition, we have also taken up various activities under CSR like support to District Health Centre by providing equipment, Shelter to patient in Govt. Medical College, Gorakhpur, Community Toilets & Eco Friendly Disposal of Waste Material at 5 Airports and improving the solid waste management of Varanasi City to support Swachh Bharat Initiative.
The AAI Management is conscious of its duty and is concerned for the welfare of its employees and also conscious about the desired capacity development required to meet future challenges. Overall the relations between the Management and the Union & Associations continue to be cordial which is a healthy sign for the working of any organization.
Sudhir Raheja, Chairman, AAI