From Chairman’s Desk
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