From Chair­man’s Desk

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

Dear Read­ers,

It is with great pride that I in­form you about air traf­fic in In­dia grow­ing by over 18 per cent in the last four years. With NABH Nir­man and an in­vest­ment of Rs 3 lakh Crores, the gov­ern­ment aims to am­plify our ca­pac­ity to han­dle one bil­lion trips per year. With this bold per­spec­tive in mind, AAI signed its An­nual Per­for­mance Con­tract for 2018-19 with the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion, with an am­bi­tious tar­get of un­der­tak­ing cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture to the tune of Rs 4,100 Crores.

Air­ports form the back­bone of AAI’S growth story and we are de­lighted to in­form you that Paky­ong Air­port in Gang­tok, at a height of over 4,500 ft in the moun­tains of Sikkim, is all set to pro­pel con­nec­tiv­ity and bol­ster tourism. The Cab­i­net has also ap­proved upgra­da­tion and ca­pac­ity ex­pan­sion of AAI’S Chen­nai, Luc­know and Guwa­hati Air­ports. Fur­ther, Rs 50,000 Crores has been as­signed for the de­vel­op­ment of new Green­field Air­ports at Noida (Je­war), Mopa (Goa), Pu­ran­dar (Pune), Bhoga­pu­ram (Visakha­p­at­nam), Dholera (Ahmed­abad) and Hi­rasar (Ra­jkot). Patna Air­port too is set for a makeover to be com­pleted by 2021, with a new ter­mi­nal build­ing that can han­dle 45 lakh pas­sen­gers per an­num. Sec­ond air­ports are com­ing up in Odisha and Jhark­hand; after Bhubaneswar, Jhar­sug­uda is the sec­ond air­port in the coastal state while Deoghar Air­port will be the sec­ond air­port after Ranchi in Jhark­hand.

AAI has also signed an MOU with Steel Au­thor­ity of In­dia Ltd (SAIL) for the en­hance­ment of Sail-owned air­ports at Burn­pur, Rourkela and Bokaro for the en­hance­ment of con­nec­tiv­ity un­der the RCS-UDAN scheme. AAI’S Tezu Air­port is now the 23rd air­port to be con­nected un­der the UDAN scheme and our Agar­tala and Adampur (Pun­jab) air­ports wit­nessed com­mence­ment of maiden flights last month.

Modernising Air Traf­fic Man­age­ment is of cru­cial im­por­tance as In­dian avi­a­tion con­tin­ues to grow. In this light, dur­ing the 6th Us-in­dia Avi­a­tion Sum­mit, AAI signed a 15-year con­tract worth Rs 945 Crores with Har­ri­son Cor­po­ra­tion for its Fu­tur­is­tic Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions In­fra­struc­ture ini­tia­tives, to up­grade net­work se­cu­rity, en­hance air traf­fic man­age­ment and re­duce costs – we dis­cuss about this part­ner­ship in de­tail in this is­sue.

We also hosted the five-day ICAO Steer­ing Group Meet­ing on Air Traf­fic Flow Man­age­ment in Delhi. In ad­di­tion, AAI ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in the Global Ex­hi­bi­tion on Ser­vices (GES), held in Mum­bai from May 15-18, show­cas­ing its in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and key growth schemes. AAI also par­tic­i­pated in the 13th ACI Asi­a­pa­cific Re­gional As­sem­bly hosted by Narita In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Tokyo, Ja­pan – a meet­ing ground for to­day’s global lead­ers in the world of avi­a­tion.

Com­mit­ted to its CSR, AAI has signed an MOU for the con­struc­tion of over 100 new toi­lets in the gov­ern­ment schools of Arunachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 5.49 Crores. Fur­ther­ing our goal of spread­ing aware­ness on CSR, a Cof­fee Ta­ble Book of Cen­tral Public Sec­tor En­ter­prises (CPSES) and their CSR ini­tia­tives was re­leased at the In­dia In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre, Delhi.

In this is­sue, we dis­cuss the prospects of air ser­vices’ growth in the coun­try, shar­ing the per­for­mance de­tails of se­lect suc­cess­ful air­ports. While, this time, we have pro­filed the Ahmed­abad Air­port – a key desti­na­tion fa­cil­i­tat­ing busi­ness and com­merce in the West­ern re­gion of the coun­try, we also bring glimpses of Deoghar Air­port, which is wit­ness­ing rapid de­vel­op­ment and once op­er­a­tional, is go­ing to en­hance con­nec­tiv­ity to Jhark­hand.

We at AAI, hope that you spend this sum­mer sur­rounded with the joys of trav­el­ling and make the most of this hol­i­day sea­son! Happy Read­ing!

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