From Chair­man’s Desk /

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

Dear Read­ers,

The month of Fe­bru­ary was quite event­ful for the Airports Author­ity of India. In this year’s Bud­get speech, the Fi­nance Min­is­ter made a promis­ing an­nounce­ment of launch­ing the Nextgen Airports for Bharat - NABH Nir­man Scheme to en­sure a five-fold growth in AAI’S airports. This will help us pre­pare to han­dle a bil­lion trips an­nu­ally. In Fe­bru­ary, I was in­vited to give the Key­note Ad­dress at the 12th An­nual Con­fer­ence on Airports in India. I also vis­ited the Sin­ga­pore Air Show and in­ter­acted with the CEO of Changi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the Malaysian Trans­port Min­is­ter and DG and CEO, In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) to dis­cuss the ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion in the field of avi­a­tion.

AAI’S CSR ini­tia­tives are touch­ing lives and mak­ing a mark in so­ci­ety. AAI’S Women Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, Kalyan­mayee, or­gan­ised a ‘Free Women’s Well­ness Camp’ at Goa Air­port to gen­er­ate aware­ness on Cancer, par­tic­u­larly Cer­vi­cal Cancer, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ma­ni­pal Hospi­tals and Goa Cancer So­ci­ety. An­other CSR ini­tia­tive of AAI cost­ing Rs. 20 crore is closer to re­al­ity. A func­tion was held to set up a mech­a­nised kitchen at Hazarib­agh, which will sup­ply nu­tri­tious and tasty mid-day meals to one lakh needy chil­dren in Jhark­hand.

In this month, we dis­cuss a small but unique step taken by us to ad­dress the con­cern of men­strual hy­giene in India. In­dore Air­port, in a thought­ful ini­tia­tive, in­stalled san­i­tary nap­kin vend­ing machines in 2017.This step was ap­plauded by women pas­sen­gers, en­cour­ag­ing us to fur­ther these ser­vices in sev­eral more AAI airports across the coun­try.

In a bid to strengthen the core in­fra­struc­ture for avi­a­tion op­er­a­tions in India, AAI has signed an MOU with Honey­well Tech­nol­ogy So­lu­tions for the long-term devel­op­ment of India’s avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy. I am also glad to an­nounce that a new in­house au­to­matic mes­sage switch­ing sys­tem has been com­mis­sioned at Varanasi Air­port to pro­vide mes­sage switch­ing ser­vices over an Aero­nau­ti­cal Fixed Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Net­work.

AAI is fo­cus­ing on in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment in the North­east. We ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in the Global In­vestors’ Sum­mit – Ad­van­tage As­sam held in Guwa­hati. Keep­ing up with en­hanc­ing con­nec­tiv­ity in the re­gion, AAI has added 4000 Sq. m. to the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal build­ing of LGBI Air­port, Guwa­hati. This ex­ten­sion to the ex­ist­ing air­port will surely ben­e­fit the pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling through Guwa­hati Air­port.

In this is­sue, we bring to you an ex­clu­sive sneak peek of Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Goa has been a flour­ish­ing tourist des­ti­na­tion at­tract­ing nu­mer­ous trav­ellers from across the globe. To up­hold our prom­ise of pro­vid­ing cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, a new help-desk and Air­port Op­er­a­tions Con­trol Cen­ter (AOCC) was also set-up at the Goa In­ter­na­tional Air­port re­cently. This cen­ter will pro­vide real-time in­for­ma­tion on flight sched­ules, de­lays and other rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing all air trav­ellers.

We also dis­cuss the Re­mote Con­trol Tower - an es­sen­tial as­pect of smaller airports that pro­vides eco­nom­i­cal air traf­fic ser­vices, im­proves prof­itabil­ity and of­fers longer op­er­at­ing hours, in this is­sue.

Spring is a marker of new be­gin­nings and I wish this sea­son brings you a lot more. May you all have a joy­ous month of colour and frolic. Happy read­ing!

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