From Chairman’s Desk
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!