From Chair­man’s Desk

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Dear Read­ers,

With the on­set of Mon­soon, let us pray for more rain this year for a bet­ter cul­ti­va­tion of crops and a bet­ter life for the farm­ers. Rain is of im­mense value to the cul­ti­va­tors. The great­est boon of the mon­soon is the rich cul­ti­va­tion of crops. Con­stant nat­u­ral wa­ter­ing leads to their healthy and rich growth.

With a view to pre­serve this nat­u­ral wa­ter, we, at Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) has been fol­low­ing GRIHA guide­lines, In­dia’s Na­tional Rat­ing Sys­tem for Green Build­ings in all the new mod­ern­ized air­ports. I am happy to also share that Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) has won “In­dia Pride Awards” – 2015-16 for “Ex­cel­lence in In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment” in the cat­e­gory of Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ing – Cen­tral, for which all lead­ing PSUS of In­dia par­tic­i­pated. AAI is one such or­ga­ni­za­tion which is work­ing tire­lessly to­wards In­dia’s sus­tain­able growth and renowned for pro­vid­ing sta­teof-the-art in­fra­struc­ture, pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ties and Air Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vices at all the air­ports across the na­tion.

AAI re­cently made its pres­ence felt at In­ter­na­tional ATM event at World ATM Congress 2016 and si­mul­ta­ne­ously got an op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness the chang­ing trends in CNS/ATM, show­cased by re­puted ven­dors and Air Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vice providers. The team had booked an ex­hibit stall to show­case AAI’S ini­tia­tives and achieve­ments which was in­au­gu­rated by Mr. Chi­ang Hi, Eng, Direc­tor Asia Pa­cific Af­fairs; CANSO. Mr. Chi­ang ap­pre­ci­ated AAI’S ini­tia­tives and achieve­ments to­wards seam­less ATM in gen­eral and in Asia Pa­cific and MID re­gion of ICAO in par­tic­u­lar. The theme of the event changes ev­ery year, this year the theme was “To­gether, we have to per­se­vere in the lead­er­ship, change, and im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

As many of you might be aware that the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) has been cre­ated by merg­ing the erst­while In­ter­na­tional Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia and Na­tional Air­ports Au­thor­ity with a view to ac­cel­er­ate the in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment, ex­pan­sion and mod­ern­iza­tion of the Air­ports – its pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ta­tions, op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness and cargo fa­cil­i­ties. AAI has a Civil Avi­a­tion Train­ing Cen­tre which was es­tab­lished in Fe­bru­ary 1948 by a Civil Avi­a­tion Depart­ment, Govt. of In­dia and func­tioned under the Direc­tor Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA), In­dia to cater to the var­i­ous train­ing needs in the field of Civil Avi­a­tion (under Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion). AAI is the sole Air Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vice provider and the big­gest Air­port op­er­a­tor in In­dia. The col­lege has been a pioneer in­sti­tute for the train­ing of its Air Traf­fic Con­trollers and CNS per­son­nels. Af­ter the re­cruit­ment, the CNS/ATM per­son­nel are trained in this col­lege for ab­i­ni­tio cour­ses, which in­cludes on-the-job-train­ing (OJT) at se­lected air­ports, af­ter which they are posted at var­i­ous air­ports.

The Air-traf­fic in the North East Re­gion had wit­nessed a quan­tum jump in the last decade, and I am of the con­sid­ered opin­ion that the Route Dis­per­sal Guide­lines (RDG) has played a vi­tal role. Con­sid­er­ing the re­mote and dif­fi­cult ter­rain and the huge po­ten­tial, par­tic­u­larly in tourism, AAI would en­deavor to carry for­ward the de­vel­op­ment of Air­port in­fra­struc­ture to en­hance air con­nec­tiv­ity to un­der­served and un­served ar­eas in the re­gion. In line with the ‘Look East Pol­icy’, AAI has de­vel­oped plans for large scale ex­pan­sion and up gra­da­tion of Guwa­hati Air­port in or­der to make the air­port as in­ter-re­gional and in­tra-re­gional hub. Work for ex­pan­sion and up gra­da­tion is also un­der­way at Di­bru­garh, Agartala, Teju and Shil­long Air­ports.

For the vis­i­tors, there are ex­quis­ite lo­ca­tions for a re­lax­ing hol­i­day and mar­velous op­por­tu­ni­ties for trekking, moun­taineer­ing, wa­ter raft­ing, para­sail­ing …. so do ex­plore North-east for its scenic beauty and diversity.

Sud­hir Ra­heja Chair­man, AAI

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