From Chair­man’s Desk /

Airports India - - NEWS -

Dear Read­ers,

Win­ter has set in. But, we are lucky, that so far no ma­jor fog con­di­tions have de­vel­oped, lead­ing to dis­rup­tions and de­lay in flight sched­ule and caus­ing in­con­ve­nience to the air trav­ellers. Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) is, as al­ways, try­ing its best to help the air­lines in main­tain­ing timely flights sched­ule.

A ma­jor devel­op­ment in Novem­ber, 2016 was the an­nounce­ment by the Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter to de­mon­e­tize Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1,000/- notes in or­der to curb and con­trol black-money. The Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced a se­ries of con­ces­sions and in­ter­ven­tions to help the peo­ple tide over the short-term dif­fi­cul­ties aris­ing out of the de­mon­e­ti­za­tion.

AAI, on its part, also rose to the oc­ca­sion by tak­ing sev­eral mea­sures to help the air trav­ellers. Wider pub­lic­ity for the de­mon­e­ti­za­tion cam­paign of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia was done at all our air­ports and es­tab­lish­ments so as to reach the max­i­mum num­ber of peo­ple. AAI waived off car park­ing charges for a fort­night to fa­cil­i­tate the air trav­ellers/air­port users. Fur­ther, AAI li­aisoned with banks and al­lowed them to open Cur­rency Ex­change Coun­ters free of cost at all AAI air­ports for a pe­riod upto 31st De­cem­ber, 2016. AAI, with the ac­tive sup­port of banks, has been able to en­sure that ATM ma­chines are stocked with ad­e­quate cash to meet the with­drawal re­quire­ments of the air trav­ellers. I am sure that the de­mon­e­ti­za­tion ex­er­cise, de­spite the short-term in­con­ve­nience, will con­trib­ute a great deal to­wards ush­er­ing a re­spon­si­ble, cash­less econ­omy and pro­mote trans­parency.

In my ear­lier piece, I had men­tioned about the inau­gu­ra­tion of state-of-the-art new In­te­grated Ter­mi­nal Build­ing at Vadodara Air­port by the Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter. I am de­lighted to in­form that all op­er­a­tions are shift­ing from the old ter­mi­nal build­ing to the new ter­mi­nal build­ing from 1st De­cem­ber, 2016. This will pro­vide air pas­sen­gers us­ing Vadodara Air­port Ter­mi­nal Build­ing with a very plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence when they go there.

It is our con­stant en­deav­our to keep im­prov­ing our in­fra­struc­ture at all our air­ports. I wish you all a great trav­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dr. Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Chair­man, AAI

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