From Chair­man’s Desk /

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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

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