From Chairman’s Desk /
The New Year has started on a good note for the Airports Authority of India (AAI). We inaugurated the New Terminal Building at Vijayawada in a record time of 11 months and laid the Foundation Stone for strengthening and extension of the runway at Vijayawada Airport on 12th January 2017. This impressive New Terminal Building along with the strengthened and extended runway will be able to cater to the ever increasing demand for quality air services for Andhra Pradesh.
Regarding the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), the bidding process has already started and we have received 45 initial proposals from 11 bidders covering more than 200 RCS routes. Once operationalized, RCS is going to revolutionize the way people travel in the country. Some more States like Telengana, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh have signed the MOU for joining RCS. AAI hosted the Africa India Ocean-asia Pacific-middle East Air Traffic Management Special Coordination Meeting at Mumbai on 19th and 20th January 2017. More than 45 overseas delegates representing ICAO, IATA, Airline Operators and Experts participated in this important interactive meet. It is our continuous endeavour to provide quality services on all our Airports and ensure safe and smooth flying experience. Because of regular snowfall during this time of the year in the Himalayan belt and the resultant foggy conditions affecting the visibility at many of our Airports, there have been quite a few cancellations and delays, which our customers had to experience. I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all our customers for bearing such inconvenience and supporting us and the Airlines in such circumstances.
I am very happy to share with you that AAI has launched the ambitious C-ATFM (Central Air Traffic Flow Management) System on the occasion of 68th Republic Day on 26th January 2017 and formally dedicated the Central Command Centre at the New Air Traffic Services Complex. India is on the threshold of becoming the 7th country in the world to implement the Air Traffic Flow Control Measures across the country with the benefits in terms of reduced carbon footprint, embarking on Green environment concept, fuel savings and economic benefits to the air travellers. The C-ATFM system is primarily meant to address the balancing of capacity against the demand to achieve optimum utilization of the major resources, viz., Airport capacity, Airspace and the Aircraft at every Indian Airport, where there is a capacity constraint. With the introduction of ATFM in India, it is envisaged to have enhanced safety, significant cost savings to the airlines in terms of fuel savings and reduction in operating cost for the airlines. It is indeed a great moment in the history of Indian Aviation piloted by the Airports Authority of India.
On the joyous occasion of the 68th Republic Day of India, I extend my warm wishes to all our customers and stakeholders. Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI