From Chairman’s Desk /
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.