From Chair­man’s Desk /

Airports India - - NEWS - Dr. Gu­ruprasad Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Chair­man, AAI

Dear Read­ers,

As In­dia cel­e­brated 70 years of in­de­pen­dence, our Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi has given the coun­try a clar­ion call, “Sankalp Se Sid­dhi”, Achieve­ment through Re­solve. He urged the coun­try­men to re­solve and strive to build a New In­dia, an In­dia free from poverty, cor­rup­tion, lack of clean­li­ness, com­mu­nal­ism and ter­ror­ism. We, at the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia, cel­e­brated the 71st In­de­pen­dence Day, by pay­ing a trib­ute to our valiant free­dom fight­ers and dec­o­rated our air­port for cel­e­brat­ing this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion. In this is­sue, our read­ers will get glimpses of the best dec­o­rated air­ports in In­dia for this oc­ca­sion.

I am very happy to share that the up­graded pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal Build­ing of the Jammu Air­port was in­au­gu­rated re­cently by Ms Me­hbooba Mufti, Chief Min­is­ter of Jammu and Kashmir and Shri P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju, Union Min­is­ter for Civil Avi­a­tion along with other dig­ni­taries. Jammu, which is pop­u­larly known as the ‘City of Tem­ples,’ is now ready to serve the ever bur­geon­ing air traf­fic in Jammu and give a boost to the econ­omy.

From the pic­turesque North to the lush green South In­dia, this is­sue also talks about Cali­cut In­ter­na­tional Air­port. It is the twelfth­bus­i­est air­port in In­dia in terms of over­all pas­sen­ger traf­fic. A new Griha-com­pli­ant In­ter­na­tional Ar­rival Block is un­der con­struc­tion at the air­port, which will help air trav­ellers go­ing abroad.

In line with the Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter’s ini­tia­tive ‘Make in In­dia’ and to fos­ter and pro­mote In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, AAI has awarded a con­tract for con­struc­tion of Pas­sen­ger Board­ing Bridges to Adelte Air­port Tech­nolo­gies. An MOU has been signed be­tween Adelte and Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) to pro­duce Te­le­scopic Tun­nel, Ro­tunda Col­umn and Ser­vice Stair Case as per their de­sign at the BEML fac­tory in In­dia. This will lead to sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings on ac­count of sea freight, cus­tom duty, pro­duc­tion and lo­gis­tics.

In this is­sue, we also high­light the topic of Wake Tur­bu­lence, which is ‘dis­rupted air’ com­ing off an air­craft’s wingtips, a nat­u­ral re­sult of any air­craft in flight. It is a haz­ard, which can make a plane un­con­trol­lable and even fall apart into pieces dur­ing flight. Wake Tur­bu­lence is a phe­nom­e­non that acts akin to a small, in­vis­i­ble tor­nado, which is ca­pa­ble of caus­ing se­vere dam­age to the air­craft.

For any or­ga­ni­za­tion, a large pool of trained and highly-skilled work­force is a great as­set. AAI, which sets up and op­er­ates the civil avi­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture in In­dia, is proud to have pro­fes­sion­als of in­ter­na­tional cal­iber. AAI has four ma­jor train­ing es­tab­lish­ments In­dian Avi­a­tion Academy (IAA) in Delhi, Civil Avi­a­tion Train­ing Col­lege (CATC) in Al­la­habad, Fire Train­ing Cen­tre at Delhi and Fire Ser­vice Train­ing Cen­tre at Kolkata be­sides run­ning re­gional and lo­cal train­ing cen­tres. These train­ing in­sti­tutes are re­spon­si­ble for the in­house train­ing of our En­gi­neers, Air Traf­fic Con­trollers and Res­cue and Fire Fight­ing per­son­nel. The train­ing in­fra­struc­ture of AAI plays a vi­tal role in meet­ing the chal­lenges of the fu­ture to com­pete and grow by equip­ping the AAI per­son­nel with the req­ui­site skills.

Fo­cus­ing on en­hanc­ing pas­sen­ger con­ve­nience at five of our air­ports, AAI has en­tered into an al­liance with lead­ing cab ser­vice ag­gre­ga­tors Ola and Uber. Ser­vices com­menced late last month at Chen­nai, Kolkata, Pune, Bhubaneswar and Luc­know and are ex­pected to make on­ward jour­neys from air­ports has­sle-free.

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