From Chairman’s Desk /
Dear Readers, As you know, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been assigned the challenging task of implementing the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) by the Government of India. The Regional Connectivity Scheme essentially aims at promoting flying by masses in safe, secure and affordable manner to un-served and underserved airports within Indian aviation network. In this connection, I am very happy to share with you that the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, flagged off the maiden UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) flight under the RCS from Shimla to Delhi on 27th April, 2017 at Shimla. During the same time, the Hon’ble Prime Minister also flagged off Nanded-hyderabad and Kadapa-hyderabad RCS flights. With this initiative, India has entered into a different league by introducing successfully the third tier of aviation– the Regional Connectivity. AAI is committed to implementing this prestigious initiative of the Government of India in a time-bound manner.
In order to reflect the rich culture and the ethos of the States of India, AAI has come up with a plan to depict the art and cultural traditions of a State through its airports. This will make the passengers feel a unique sense of identity with the airport and make them aware of the glorious cultural traditions, local art, architecture, history and heritage of the State. In the period ahead, our airports will be strong brand ambassadors of the cultural ethos of the State.
AAI, as a responsible corporate entity, is committed to deliver its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In a major initiative, we provided an Ambulance Service with Advanced Life Support Systems to Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh with the objective of strengthening the health services in this remote North East Region.
AAI is proud of its Indian Aviation Academy, a premier training academy, which is considered as a Centre of Excellence in Aviation Management. The Academy, recently achieved a significant milestone of being awarded Full Member Status under TRAINAIR PLUS Program by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). AAI is soon going to launch Kishangarh Airport, 30 Kms from the Holy city of Ajmer in Rajasthan. We are very thankful to the Government of Rajasthan for granting us nearly 700 acres of land to develop this airport, which will promote regional connectivity by linking Ajmer to other tourist destinations of Rajasthan. Being a Holy city, this airport will also bring tourists from all over the country. Planned with a state-of-the-art Terminal Building, this airport has been designed with several environment-friendly features and is soon going to be proud member of AAI’S airport network. June heralds the much awaited Monsoon season for India, and the famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath also takes place in this month at Puri and in various other places across India and throughout the world with much fervour.
I am sure the air travelers will enjoy our airports and continue to travel throughout the country. Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI