From Chair­man’s Desk /

Airports India - - NEWS -

Dear Read­ers,

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

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