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AAI hosts 8th ICAO steering group meeting
of Air Traffic Flow Management

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Mr A.K. Dutta, Member (ANS), AAI lighting the lamp on the occasion of inauguration of Eighthth ICAO Steering Group meeting of Air Traffic Flow Management in presence of ICAO representatives at Hotel Radisson Blu, New Delhi.

NEW DELHI, MAY 15 : Air Traffic Flow Management Steering Group was constituted by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with an objective to address the air traffic flow capacity management (ATFCM) and form regulation to avoid exceeding flow of air traffic beyond the airport and air space capacity. The group meets regularly once in 2 years to study the manner in which the demand capacity imbalance could be addressed uniformly across the globe so that the airline community could optimize its operations consuming the delay on account of such capacity imbalance with least inconvenience to the travelling passengers.


The Eighth ICAO Steering Group meeting of Air Traffic Flow Management has commenced on 14th May, 2018 at Hotel Radisson Blu, Mahipalpur, New Delhi. Airports Authority of India (AAI) being the vibrant growing aviation market in the world decided to host the meeting in New Delhi. The objective of the meeting is to provide an efficient Air Traffic Management catering to the rapidly growing traffic volume. 

The meeting was inaugurated by Shri A.K.Dutta, Member (Air Navigation Services), Airports Authority of India who in his inaugural address thanked Chairman, AAI Dr. GuruprasadMohapatra for his dynamic leadership in implementing many of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) Projects viz Air Traffic Flow Management in the country continually working towards enhancing air traffic management performance, establishing new route structure, Futuristic Telecommunication Infrastructure (FTI) and pursuing active collaboration with defense for flexible use of airspace.


The commitment of India to ICAO’s objectives of performance based management strategies to achieve consistent improvements in the area of safety, efficiency, security and environment has been reiterated in the address wherein the remarkable progress made by AAI in establishing a nationwide ATFM system, contributed significantly towards development of Regional ATFM Framework facilitating harmonization of ATM services across the Asia Pacific Airspace has been stressed upon.


Mr  Shane Sumner, Secretary, Asia- Pacific Region, ICAO in his address appreciated the contribution of India in bringing out global guideline document for Air Traffic Flow Management (DOC-9971) and thanked Airports Authority of India for its initiative in hosting this prestigious international game changing event and for arranging a technical visit to the state of the art Central Air Traffic Flow Management-Command and Control Centre located at IGI, Palam Airport for gaining enormous insight knowledge in the manner the Air Traffic Flow across the nation is being managed in India.


The five day steering group meeting is attended by delegates from USA, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, , Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong China, Philippines, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Indonesia, Myanmar apart from various International Aviation organizations such as ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), IATA (International Air Transport Association), CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization), IFALPA (International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations) etc who are experts in developing Air Traffic Flow Management across the globe, deliberate various aspects of implementation of Air Traffic Flow Management, study the ongoing implementation of Air Traffic Flow Management in Asia Pacific Region, recommend for several improvements for global harmonization in Air Traffic Flow Management.

 

 

AAI to develop Kalay airport in Myanmar


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Mr Anil Gupta Executive Director (Land Management & Business Development), AAI and Mr Ankan Banerjee, Director, BM. MEA, Govt. of India exchaging documents post signng MoU.


NEW DELHI, APRIL 11 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed an agreement with Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India for preparation of detailed project report (DPR) in the first phase for development of Kalay airport as Green Airport in Myanmar.
The agreement was signed by Mr Anil Gupta Executive Director (Land Management & Business Development), Airports Authority of India and Shri. Ankan Banerjee, Director, BM. MEA, Govt. of India on 10th April 2018.


Speaking on the occasion Mr Anil Gupta ED (LM & BD), AAI, envisaged AAI's vision for going global, considering AAI expertise and capabilities in airport development and operation management. He also informed that over a period of time, AAI had developed more than 60 airports in metro and non-metro cities in India and now AAI wants to leverage its expertise to other countries on bigger scale.

Skill development, speed and scale are the 3 important aspects that are relevant to the present-day growth and development module. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi

AAI, CIDC sign MoA for skill Development

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Mr Sanjeev Jindal (GM-CSR), AAI and Mr Ashutosh Bhardwaj, (Director – Corporate Affairs) of CIDC exchanging documents post signing an agreement in the presence of Mr G K Chaukiyal (ED-CSR), AAI, Mr Ajay Kumar, AGM (HR), AAI and Mr. B. N. Rao, Sr. Manager CIDC.

NEW DELHI , APRIL 03 : Following the past success of  skill development initiatives in 2015-16 and 2017-18, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) signed a memorandum of agreement(MoA) on March  28 ,  2018 for financial assistance for employment-oriented training and skill development programme for SC/ST/OBC/ women, unemployed  youth and people belonging to EWS.  This CSR initiative of AAI to be implemented in 2018-19, will have 2000 beneficiaries.

The MoA was signed by Mr Sanjeev Jindal (GM-CSR), AAI and Mr Ashutosh Bhardwaj, (Director – Corporate Affairs) of CIDC in the presence of Mr G K Chaukiyal (ED-CSR), AAI, Mr Ajay Kumar, AGM (HR), AAI and Mr. B. N. Rao, Sr. Manager CIDC.

The program is aimed at providing job- oriented skill development and training to the marginalized and economically weaker sections of the society in five zones namely South, West, East, North and North Eastern.

 The training will be provided in CIDC centres and will help in skill development of rural youth, women, SC/ST/OBC and other marginalized sections in construction sectorwhereby they can be gainfully employed.


The partnership will eventually help in poverty reduction, rise in self-esteem of the individuals and value addition to their skills. The initiative will play an important role in livelihood promotion of people from backward and remote areas as well as help them gain meaningful employment leading to their social and economic uplift

 


March
28
2018

The MoU

AAI signs MoU with IIM- Bangalore for customized
training programmers for its officials

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Mr Sanjay Jain, Executive Director (HR), AAI and Professor R. Srinivasan, Chairperson, EEP, IIM-Bangalore The MoU was signed by Mr Sanjay Jain, Executive Director (HR), AAI and Professor R. Srinivasan, Chairperson, EEP, IIM-Bangalore at MoU signing ceremony

NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 :
In order to augment the skill-set of its middle-senior level employees identified for succession planning, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM – Bangalore) today. As per the MoU, customized training programs in the area of Management and Leadership Development will be offered by IIM-B for AAI officers at the levels of Assistant General Manager, Joint General Manager, General Manager and Executive Director. The MoU has been signed for a period of three years starting from 1st April 2018 and a total of nine batches comprising of 20-25 officers in each batch will be conducted during this period.

The MoU was signed by Mr Sanjay Jain, Executive Director (HR), AAI and Professor R. Srinivasan, Chairperson, EEP, IIM-Bangalore. The Board Members of AAI were presentduring the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), mentioned that training and development has been one of his top priorities since he assumed the charge of Member (HR) in AAI. AAI has been undertaking new initiatives in creating an environment of training in line with Government of India`s Skill India Mission. He thanked IIM-Bangalore for partnering with AAI for taking this important step towards introducing AAI officers to latest business management practices and tools which will invariably enhance the work performance.

Professor G.Raghuram, Director-IIM Bangalore expressed his pleasure to be associated with the leading player in civil aviation industry and remarked that this partnership will be equally beneficial to IIM-Bangalore in terms of exploring the challenges faced by this industry.
Apart from IIM-Bangalore, AAI is also exploring business partnerships with other leading management institutes to provide a gamut of training inputs to its employees.

March
26
2018

SkyRev360

AAI, IATA sign MoU for capacity building initiative

 


NEW DELHI, MARCH 26 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for capacity building initiative targeting its cutting edge technology SkyRev360, a Make in India initiative in strategic collaboration with IATA. The MoU was signed by Mr. S Suresh, Board Member (Finance), AAI and Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA in the presence of senior officials of AAI and IATA at Geneva, Switzerland recently.

AAI under International Civil Aviation Organizations' theme of 'No Country Left Behind' is targeting Air Navigation Service Providers and Airport Operators worldwide by sharing its comprehensive e-data gathering, Invoicing and Collection solution ie. SkyRev360.

Many countries have shown keen interest in SkyRev360. Very recently AAI, has won a global bid at Laos and implementation of SkyRev360 is under process. Mr.S.Suresh, Board Member(Finance), AAI reiterated AAI's vision of going global by providing the world aviation fraternity AAI's cutting edge technologies such as SkyRev360, GAGAN, NOCAS, Airport Consultancy, Development and Designing.

He also said the capacity building initiative will help AAI in developing professional workforce to address the problems faced by world aviation fraternity relating to e-data gathering, Invoicing and collection of Aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges.

At the event, Mr Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA appreciated AAI's role in helping various countries facing problems for invoicing and collection of aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges. He praised AAI's and India's role in propagating ICAO's theme of 'No Countries Left Behind.'

 

March
07
2018

International Women's Day

AAI deputes all-women team of employees for providing ATCs at Control Tower of NSCBI Airport, Kolkata

 


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To commemorate the International Women's Day on the March 08 , 2018, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is operating Air Traffic Services with all-women ATCOs at NSCBI Airport Tower, Kolkata, in addition to other positions, from 0700 AM to 0100 PM. Communication Navigation Surveillance (CNS) wing will also deploy lady-officers in CNS units.
Women power will control all those flights which will land/take off during this period. There will be approximately 150 flights.

Air Traffic Control is one of the most challenging jobs that demands utmost alertness, promptness, high levels of concentration, skill, expertise and presence of mind. With an aim to maintain safe flight operation, the controllers have to keep RADAR identification of all aircrafts under their control, directing aircrafts to climb or descend and allocating final cruising levels, providing information to aircraft about adverse weather conditions, making sure minimum separation between two planes, handling unexpected events and emergency situations. They have to listen, see, think and speak at the same time involving high level of multi tasking.

At Present 41 women Air Traffic Controllers, including Training In-charge, ATC Instructors, Radar Controllers and as many women CNS maintenance executives are working and looking after the challenging job of providing Air Navigation Services and ensuring safety of Aircraft operations at NSCBI Airport. Thus women have made inroads and proved themselves to the male dominated ATC work field a decade earlier.

On the eve of International Women's Day, Regional Executive Director (Eastern Region), Mr K.L. Sharma, said that women employees at AAI have showcased their skills in ATC, CNS and other Departments, and we are providing them best practices in aviation along with zero-tolerance towards harassment of women at workplace.


ACI-ASQ Survey: AAI strikes gold, six
of its airports amongst best rated in the world

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NEW DELHI, MARCH 07 :
Airports Authority of India's persistent efforts in improving passenger conveniences and offering world-class services have resulted in six of its airports being adjudged as amongst the best in the world.

Lucknow, Indore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune airports of AAI have been adjudged winners in various categories of the recently released winners' list of Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017 of Airport Council International (ACI). It is for the first time that so many of AAI airports have bagged top positions in the coveted list.
According to ACI, this year saw an unprecedented sixteen airports across the world became the first time winners, challenging best-in-class airports in the delivery of top-quality customer service. This phenomenon reflects the increasingly competitive airport industry operating environment, where continuous service improvement is a key ingredient in business performance.

Based on the results of the survey carried out by the Airports Council International (ACI), (a global non-profit organization of Airport Operators) on Airport Service Quality (ASQ), Lucknow Airport has been rated as the world's top airport in the category- "Best Airport by Size" among the airports handling 2 to 5 million passengers per year. Lucknow Airport has also bagged the award for "Best airport by size and Region" among the airports handling 2-5 million passengers per year in the whole Asia Pacific region.

Indore Airport has bagged the award for 'Best Airport by Region'among the airports handling under 2 million passengers per year in Asia-Pacific region.

Ahmedabad Airport has been rated as the 'Most Improved Airport' in Asia-Pacific region. Indore and Ahmedabad airports are the two first time winners from India for 2017.
While Kolkata and Pune Airports have been ranked third in the world in the category – 'Best Airport by Size' among the airports handling 5-15 million passengers per year, Chennai Airport has been adjudged the third best in the world in the category- 'Best Airport by Size' among airports handling 15-25 million passengers per year.

Airports Authority of India has been participating in ACI-ASQ survey since the year 2007when Chennai and Kolkata Airports participated in the survey.On a scale of 1 to 5, the average ASQ rating of AAI airports has gradually improved over the years from 3.61 in 2010 to 4.57 in 2017.Withcontinuing thrust on enhancing passenger convenience and infrastructural development, over the years, various AAI airports have been adjudged amongst the best in the world.

In2016, Jaipur and Srinagar Airports were rated the top two airports in the world in 2-5 million passengers per annum category. In 2015, Jaipur and Lucknow Airports bagged the first two ranks in the 2-5 million passengers per annum category, while Goa and Trivandrum Airports bagged fourth and fifth position under the same category. In the same year, Srinagar Airport was adjudged the second best airport in the world under the category of airports handling up to 2 million passengers per annum. In the years 2013 and 2014, Kolkata Airport was rated as the 'Most Improved Airport' in the Asia Pacific region by ACI.

Airport Service Quality (ASQ) is the world-renowned and globally established benchmarking programmethat measures passengers' satisfaction while travelling through an airport. ACI, a global non-profit organization and independent agency of Airport Operators, carries out international benchmarking of airport through its participative program known as Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey which covers 34 key service areas covering eight major categories such as access, check-in, security, airport facilities, food and beverage, retail and more.

ACI-ASQ survey is carried out at around 315 airports across Africa, North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The ASQ survey results are also monitored by Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India, NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

AAI participates in World ATM
Congress 2018 at Madrid, Spain

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Mr AK Dutta, Member (ANS), AAI and other AAI delegates World ATM Congress 2018 at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Spain

 

NEW DELHI, MARCH 06 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) is participating in World ATM Congress (WATMC) 2018 being held at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Spain from March 6 to 8 , 2018.

Now entering its sixth year World ATM Congress is the world's largest international air traffic management (ATM) exhibition and conference attracting thousands of delegates each year. AAI is showcasing its achievements and initiatives, through a stall in the conference which was inaugurated by Mr. AK Dutta, Member (ANS), AAI in presence of other AAI delegates today.

While inaugurating the AAI stall Mr Dutta said, "Our participation in this mega event is primarily to showcase our achievements and initiatives as a major Air Navigation Service Provider(ANSP) in the Asia Pacific region. The platform provides an opportunity to learn emerging technologies in aviation thereby being able to meet the challenges of rapid growth of air traffic in this region.

A team of senior executives from directorates of Air Traffic Management (ATM), Communication Navigation & Surveillance (CNS), Human Resources (HR), Corporate Communications (CC) and Business Development (BD) will enhance their skills and knowledge to meet the challenges in aviation sector."

Conceived by the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) in partnership with the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), World ATM Congress brings together the world's leading product developers, experts, stakeholders in aviation.

 

AAI signs MoU with Energy Efficiency Services for placement
of LED lightings at its various airports and buildings

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Mr Anil Kumar Sharma, Executive Director (Engg), AAI and Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL exchanging documents post signing MoU in the presence of Mr Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI and senior executives of AAI and EESL 

 

NEW DELHI, MARCH 05 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) to replace existing lights with energy efficient LED lights at various airports and buildings of AAI recently.

The MoU was signed by Mr Anil Kumar Sharma, Executive Director (Engg), AAI and Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL in the presence of Mr Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI and senior executives of AAI and EESL.

ESSL is the implementing agency of UJALA (UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All),world's largest zero-subsidy domestic LED bulb programme.

The MoU entails the replacement of conventional light fixtures with LED fixtures on deemed energy savings based on Energy Service Company [ESCO] model where upfront investment is done and recouped on annuity basis during project period of five years by EESL. The entire project is estimated to cost approximately Rs. 24.41 crore . EESL will carry out warranty replacement for a period of 05 years.

AAI has completed replacement of LED fitting for an expenditure of Rs 16 crore in Phase-I under National LED program launched by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. Through this replacement drive, approximately saving of 20 million units or Rs 14 crore approximately. will be achieved.

This will lead to huge energy conservation and cost savings for AAI Airports.
At the signing of MoU expressing his happiness, Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI said, "Around 20 per cent of the total electricity consumption in airports goes for lighting loads. The replacement of existing lighting by LED lights by EESL, will bring huge benefits to AAI in terms of power savings, reduced energy bills.

The MoU will ensure low capital cost of LED lights as EESL is large aggregator of demand".

 

 

Tata Boeing Aerospace inaugurates
its state-of-the-art Apache fuselage facility

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Tata Boeing AerospaceApache fuselage facility

Mr Sukaran Singh, MD & CEO, Tata Advanced Systems, Mr K T Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries and Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs, Government of Telangana, Mr Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons,Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defence, Government of India, Mr Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India, at the inauguration of the Tata Boeing Aerospace state-of-the-art Apache fuselage facility in Hyderabad.

 


HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI, MARCH 02 :
Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL), a joint venture between Boeing  and Tata Advanced Systems  on Friday  inaugurated its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad. Spread over 14,000-square meters and employing 350 highly skilled workers, the facility will be the sole global producer of fuselages for AH-64 Apache helicopter delivered by Boeing to its global customers including the U.S. Army. The facility will also produce secondary structures and vertical spar boxes of this multi-role combat helicopter. The delivery of the first fuselage is expected in 2018.

“I congratulate Tata and Boeing for taking this bold step towards Make in India and making this substantial investment in the defence space," said Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Honourable Minister of Defence, Government of India. “The manufacturing of advanced defence platforms and being integrated with the complex global supply chain will help our aerospace industry acquire technology, build local capability, provide employment and become a global exporter."

TBAL, Boeing’s first equity joint venture in India, is the result of a 2015 partnership agreement with TASL. Construction of the manufacturing facility began in 2016 and was completed on schedule. In addition, Boeing and TASL have worked closely to develop a pool of highly skilled aerospace talent through skill development initiatives.

“TBAL is just the beginning of Boeing’s future journey of partnership with India,” said Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India. He further added, “As we progress, we see this as a major step towards future opportunities to pursue the co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defence. Our partnership with Indian industry fulfils the goals of the ‘Make in India’ initiative and results in mutual growth and productivity growth for both India and Boeing.”

“Tata is a significant player in the global aerospace market focused on leveraging opportunities in global markets and reducing India’s reliance on imports in defence related requirements, 60 per cent of which is met through imports. With the streamlining of the export regulation process under the Strategy for Defence Exports (SDE) of the Government of India, and with established capabilities and demonstrated deliveries, we are poised to emerge as a supplier of choice for global OEMs," said Mr. Banmali Agrawala, President, Infrastructure, Defence and Aerospace, Tata Sons.

Sukaran Singh, MD and CEO, Tata Advanced Systems said, “The inauguration of the TBAL facility marks an important milestone in our collaborative engineering journey with Boeing. As India focuses on indigenous manufacturing in the defence market, this partnership is testimony to Tata Group’s commitment to develop global high-end technology in defence manufacturing, making India more self-reliant.”

Foundation stone laid for integrated office
complex of DGCA ,BCAS, AREA and AAI

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Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation laying foundation stone of new office complex in New Delhi in the presence of Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation,Mr. R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation and senior noticeable at the foundation stone laying of Integrated Office Complex for DGCA, BCAS, AERA, AAIB and AAI.

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 : The Foundation stone for the Integrated Office Complex of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India(AERA), Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau(AAIB) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 303 crores, was laid by Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Wednesday at Safdarjung Airport in the presence of Mr. Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation, Mr S Machendranathan, Chairman (AERA), Mr B. S. Bhullar, Director General, DGCA, Mr Kumar Rajesh Chandra, Director General, BCAS, Mr. Bir Singh Rai, Director General, AAIB and Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI.

The integrated office complex will serve a long felt need of an office for all the aviation regulatory authorities under one roof and in close vicinity to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for better coordination.

The present offices of these organizations are existing in different locations in Delhi and are not able to accommodate the growing number of personnel at one place. Being the prime regulatory bodies for safety and security of the rapidly growing civil aviation sector, housing these organizations in an integrated office complex is an essential requirement.
With total built up area of 70,940 square metres , the proposed Integrated Office Complex will be a three storeyed building and would accommodate the total requirement upto1500 personnel.

The building will be designed with sustainable green and eco-friendly features and will have roof mounted solar panels, energy efficient lighting, rain water harvesting system, zero waste discharge and use of daylight with glass façade.

Beside this, the central courtyard of the building will have unique horticulture features providing shaded areas. Every room will have the view of landscaped courtyard and surrounding greenery providing a congenial environment for the workforce. Implementation of this project has been entrusted to AAI.

Unveiling of plaque by Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation in the presence of Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation,Mr. R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation and senior noticeable at the foundation stone laying of Integrated Office Complex for DGCA, BCAS, AERA, AAIB and AAI

 

AAI signs MoU with Honeywell Technology

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Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman AAI and Mr AkashayBellare, HTS India Leader exchanging documents post signing a MoU

 

 

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 20:
Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Honeywell Technology Solutions to develop a long term collaboration in the field of aviation technologies, systems and procedures, with emphasis on improving safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental aspects of India's aviation operations and infrastructure.

This MoU was signed by Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman AAI and Mr AkashayBellare, HTS India Leader in presence of board members of AAI and senior executives of Honeywell Technology Solutions. Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS) is the integrated technology development and engineering arm of Honeywellhaving more than 10,000 employees across its centers in the world.

India is currently experiencing significant growth in air travel, which is expected to continue due to increase in disposable income; domestic/international tourism and low air fares. Airports Authority of India (AAI), in the past, has taken many steps to keep pace with the exponential growth by improving the ground infrastructure including airports and air navigation services, to provide optimum services.

One of the challenges, AAI is already addressing, is to determine how best to integrate emerging Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies into AAI's operations, the introduction of the new systems, required modification and validation of existing concepts of operations for key ATM functions or the development and validation of completely new concept of operations.

In order to address the challenges, AAI had established a Research & Development Centre at Hyderabad in March, 2013, which has started contributing to address the needs of AAI. An active collaboration with the industry and academic institutions is very essential to scale up the R&D activities that will accrue significant benefits.

 

AAI takes steps to enhance passenger convenience at Goa airport
Terminal Building at LGBI Airport, Guwahati

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Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India inaugurating an Airport Operations Control Center )and a help desk at Goa International Airport on Friday.

 

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 16 : With an objective of improving overall efficiency of airport operations for the benefit of passengers and other stakeholders, Dr. GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India(AAI) inaugurated an Airport Operations Control Center (AOCC)and a help desk at Goa International Airporton Friday.
Goa airport has become the 12th airport to have an AOCC. This center will provide real time information about flights like actual time of arrival/departure, boarding gate number for departing passengers and baggage conveyor number for arriving passengers on Flight Information Displays. It will also help AAI, airline operators and ground handling agenciesto ensure optimum utilization of available resources.

In another effort to add new facilities for better passenger facilitation, AAI has awarded an expenditure contract for Operation and Management of Help Desk and Reserve Lounges at Goa Airport. A dedicated Help Desk/ Information Counter will have flight information Display and Computer system which will provide latest flight information and assistance to passengers/visitors during their travel through Goa International Airport. This help desk will also supervise the operations of airlines as well as the ground handling agencies at the airport. A dedicated round-the-clock Help Line number will also be launched soon.

Keeping up AAI's commitment of providing assistance towards ensuring better medical facilities and generating awareness on Cancer, especially Cervical Cancer, a 'Free Women's Wellness Camp'was organized by AAI's Women's Welfare Association – Kalyanmayee in association with Manipal Hospitals Goa and Goa Cancer Society.
The camp was inaugurated by Mrs Anjali Mohapatra, President, Kalyanmayee in the presence of Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI; Bhupesh C. H. Negi, Airport Director, Goa International Airport; Dr Shubha Jyoti, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Manipal Hospitals Goa and Jayarama, Sales and Marketing Head, Manipal Hospitals Goa.
The objective of the Wellness Camp was to create awareness and to educate the public on timely medical intervention to detect Cancer.
During the camp, participants underwent a Free Random Blood Sugar Test, Blood Pressure Check, screening by the Resident Medical Officers after which the women in the age bracket of 30 to over 50 years and symptomatic positive cases of Cervical Cancer were referred by the Radiation Oncologist to Manipal Hospitals Goa for a Free Pap Smear Test.

Foundation stone laid for the New Integrated
Terminal Building at LGBI Airport, Guwahati

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Unveiling of plaque by Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, CM of Assam and Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation during foundation stone laying of New Integrated Terminal Building at LGBI Airport, Guwahati

Unveiling of plaque by Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, CM of Assam and Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation during foundation stone laying of New Integrated Terminal Building at LGBI Airport, Guwahati

 

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28:  Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is scheduled to get a swanky New Integrated Terminal Building by 2021. The Foundation Stone for the New Integrated Terminal Building, which will be built at a cost or Rs 1, 232 crore, was laid by Mr. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Mr. Sarbanada Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam on January 28, 2018 in the presence of  Mr. Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Transport and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt of Assam  and Mr Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Member of Legislative Assembly (Guwahati  West), Assam and senior officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The proposed New Integrated Terminal Building spread over 90000 sqm.will be equipped with world-class passenger facilities and will have the capacity to handle 3100 passengers during peak hour. The interiors of the building will depict local handicrafts, murals and popular tourist destinations of Assam.

The new terminal building will conform to GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) 4-Star rating. The city side of the building will be aesthetically landscaped with lush green areas. It will have green areas within and outside connecting passengers to nature. A small internal forest feature, bamboo artifact and a craft village are integrated into the overall design, highlighting the rich ethos and culture of the Northeastern region of India.

An efficient solid waste management system, reuse of treated water for flushing and horticulture purpose, rain-water harvesting with sustainable urban drainage system and use of efficient water fixtures would be a few other green features of the project. 
The new integrated terminal building will have 64 check-in counters, 20 self-check-in kiosks, eight immigration counters, eight custom counters, six arrival carousels, 10 escalators, one travellator, 25 elevators, 16 self-baggage drop counters and 20 aircraft parking bays among others.

While addressing the audience during the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony, Hon’ble Union Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju highlighted the importance of an airport in achieving development of a region and a state. He also emphasized on the cooperation needed between state governments and the Centre for developing civil aviation infrastructure.

He mentioned that the present government, for the first time in the history of Indian Civil Aviation since independence, has formulated a National Civil Aviation Policy to connect small cities and to use the available airstrips across the country. Commenting on the upcoming integrated terminal building, to be ready by 2020-2021, he said that the new building is going to comply with all prevalent green-features and will help cater to the expanding air traffic from the region.

Commenting on the airport project being handled by the Airports Authority of India, Mr Sarbanada Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam said, “Guwahati, the largest city of Assam and North East of India, and one of the fastest growing cities in India is on its way to transform into a Smart City. Today is an important day for Guwahati and Assam. The new airport being constructed by AAI will surely meet the futuristic demands of Guwahati and will further add to the infrastructural development of this expanding city.”

 

 


AAI signs historic agreement with Lao PDR
in the field of civil aviation co-operation


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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 25 : Celebrating 25 years of India - ASEAN relationship, Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a historic agreement with Lao Air Traffic Management, Department of Civil Aviation Lao PDR for providing SkyRev360, a comprehensive e-data gathering, invoicing and collection system. SkyRev360 has been developed in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) under the Government of India's Make in India initiative.


The agreement was signed on January 19 ,, 2018 by Mr S Suresh, Board Member (Finance), AAI and Mr Somchit Vinitkeophavanh, General Director, Lao Air Traffic Management in the presence of Bounchanch Sinthavong, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Laos, Mr Vanhpheng Chanthaphone, Director General Civil Aviation, Laos, Mr Ravi Shankar Aisola, Ambassador of India in Laos, Mr Manfred Blondeel, Director (E&F), IATA and other senior officials from International Air Transport Association, Lao Air Traffic management, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Laos and Airports Authority of India.


Speaking on the occasion DGCA Laos said that Lao PDR is looking forward to work in close co-operation with AAI in near future. Shri. Ravi Shankar Aisola, Ambassador in Laos, termed the contract signing as a historic moment in the relationship between India and Laos.
While speaking on the occasion Shri. S Suresh, Board Member (Finance), AAI emphasized that considering 25 year-long India-ASEAN relationship, the signing of this agreement will usher in new era of friendship and co-operation between India and Laos.

NSCBI airport, Kolkatanow equipped with CAT IIIB ILS: enabling flight operations in poor visibility

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 04:
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata has started the implementation of CAT III-B Instrument Landing System from Wednesday, that will allow flights to operate till the visibility drops below 50 meters. With introduction of this facility at Runway 01R, both sides of the Runway 19L/01R are now equipped to low visibility operations as Runway 19L is already having CAT-II facility.  Now, irrespective of wind direction, low visibility operations can be handled at Kolkata Airport.

 
Every year in December and January, due to fog, flights operating to and from northern part of India are disrupted.  It has been observed that in spite of best efforts from all the stakeholders namely, Airports Authority of India, Airlines and MET Department, flights are delayed as a result of unpredictable weather.

 

As part of continuing efforts to improve the air navigation facilities for the aircraft and passengers at airports worst affected by fog, Airports Authority of India has already commissioned CATIII-B ILS at IGI Airport (Runways 28, 29 and 11), Amritsar (Runway 34), Lucknow (Runway 27) and at Jaipur (Runway 27) which is operational. It facilitates aircraft to land with Runway Visual Range (RVR) of 50 meters with decision height of 15 metres.

Runway Visual Range is the visibility for a particular runway in a particular direction which is provided through an instrument by Indian Meteorological Department.  It means aircraft can land when runway could be seen from a distance of 50 meters and aircraft can come down up to a height of 15 metres above the ground before sighting the runway for landing. 
NSCBI Airport, Kolkata has become the fifth airport after Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknowand Amritsar to be equipped with CAT III-B ILS.

The implementation of ILS CAT III-B will be a big boon for the airports worst affected by fog during winter when the visibility goes as low as 50 metres.It would also benefit the airlines in terms of increased safety, avoiding diversions, minimizing holding for visibility improvement with consequent gains in operating costs and lesser fuel burn and substantial environmental efficiency.

 

AAI launches new web portal for dissemination of
aeronautical information to airports and airlines

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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI launching portal 'AIM-India'developed for dissemination of aeronautical information to all airlines and airports in presence Mr S Raheja, Member (Planning), Mr A K Dutta, Member (ANS) and Mr S V Satish, ED (IT).


NEW DELHI, JANUARY 02 :
Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Tuesday launched the new web portal developed for dissemination of aeronautical information to all airlines, airports and other users of Indian airspace today.Senior officials of AAI were also present during the occasion.


The web portal named as 'AIM-India' provides dynamically managed integrated aeronautical information package through the provision and exchange of quality assured aeronautical data in collaboration with stakeholders.


The portal can be reached using the link https://aim-india.aai.aeroor through the corporate website of AAI portal, www.aai.aero. The 'AIM-India' portal provides easy access to duly notified aeronautical data/information along with a link to the Aeronautical Information Circulars which are issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).


Aeronautical Information Service is a service established within the defined area of coverage responsible for the provision of aeronautical data and aeronautical information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation. DGCA India, through Civil Aviation Requirements, has delegated the responsibility for the provision of Aeronautical Information Services to the Airports Authority of India.


As a contracting State of ICAO, the provision of Aeronautical Information Services in India shall be in conformity with the promulgated standards and recommended practices/procedures of ICAO. DGCA India has adopted these standards and recommended practices/procedures by promulgation of Civil Aviation Requirement Section-9, Series 'I', Part I applicable for provision of Aeronautical Information Services in India.


In India the Aeronautical Information Service (excluding publication of Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)) is provided by Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the whole of Indian territory and adjoining oceanic airspace over Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea allocated to India by ICAO for the provision of Air Traffic Services. AIC are published by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.

AAI holds workshop on vigilance as
management function at Bhopal Airport

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AAI holds workshop on vigilance

Mr Suresh N Borkar, GM, Vigilance , Mr M.P. Juneja, IEM, AAI, Ex. CTE, CVC& Ex. Addl. Member, Railway Board at a workshop on "Vigilance as a management function" at Bhopal airport.


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 : A two-day workshop was organized by Corporate Vigilance Department of Airports Authority of India at Bhopal Airport from 14th-15th December, 2017. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr Suresh N. Borkar, GM, Vigilance and around 63executives and non-executives from various airports of Western Region of AAIparticipated.

The topic of the workshop was "Vigilance as a management function" which covered various aspects of vigilance and disciplinary matters. Mr M.P. Juneja, IEM, AAI, Ex. CTE, CVC& Ex. Addl. Member, Railway Boardspoke on "Common Irregularities in Public Procurement Process".

The presentations during the workshop included Vigilance case studies, ECDA Regulations, Vigilance Aspects in Project Management& a presentation by GM (Vigilance). Various issues related to preventive vigilance were intenselydiscussed and deliberated in the workshop.

AAI allocates Rs. 1.38- crore for cervical
cancer screening camps under CSR

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NEW DELHI, DECENVER 18 :
As part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) AAI has taken several steps to sustain and empower underprivileged communities near its airports and provide requisite helps in socio-economic development of the region. AAI is working in health, sanitation, paper recycling, towards encouraging rural sports and education & skill development.


Kalyanmayee-Airports Authority of India Women Welfare Association (AAIWWA) is an extended arm of Airports Authority of India, and is committed to carry out various social welfare activities in the field of healthcare, education, environment and Swachh Bharat Mission for the benefit of society at large across the length and breadth of the country.


AAI has allocated Rs 1.38 crore for three years and has recently given responsibility to Kalyanmayee-AAIWWA for organizing a series of Cervical Screening Camps for underprivileged women in 12 cities in next three years. Kalyanmayee will be organising screening camps at Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Coimbatore in northern, western, eastern and southern regions, respectively.Approximately 7,200 women from the underprivileged section of the society are expected to benefit from such camps over a period of next three years.


Main objectives of these cervical screening camps are:
• To improve awareness about cervical cancer, the most common cancer in India
• To improve awareness about general good health-seeking behavior, nutrition etc.
• To carry out screening for precancerous and cancerous cervical lesions by Pap Smear.
• To treat minor gynaecological complaints
• To facilitate hospital visit for women detected to be screen positive and complete treatment as required.


The target group for these screening camps is women aged 30-60 years, which is the most appropriate age for cancer screening.


The exclusivity of these camps are not just screening but to improve awareness about general good health-seeking behavior, nutrition and about cervical and breast cancer - the two most common cancers in India, helping women to learn self-techniques of breast examination and also further teach other women and daughters in the family. Further, Kalyanmayee shallfacilitate the treatment of those women who have been detected to be screen positive as suggested by doctors' team in local Government Hospitals.


In the series of camps across the country, a screening camp was organizedon 16th December, 2017 inChakkarpur village at Gurugram in the august presence of Kalyanmayee members and doctors' teamsfrom AOGIN, wherein 102 ladies from the underprivileged section of society were screened for cervical cancer.

 

 

How you treat: says A LOT about you."
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AAI Rs20-crore AAI grant for setting
up Central Kitchen in Jharkhand

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Documents being exchanged post signing MoU by AAI with the Govt of Jharkhand and Akshya Patra Foundation in the presence of Minister Of State for Civil Aviation Mr Jayant Sinha, Regional Executive Director(ER), AAI, Mr K L Sharma , Mr R S Shukla, IAS DC Hazaribagh, MrAnil Vikram, Airport Director(Ranchi ), AAI and Mr Vyom Pada Das, President, Akshya Patra Foundation.  

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 15 :
Airports Authority of India under the ambit of CSR in collaboration with the Govt of Jharkhand and Akshya Patra Foundation (NGO) has taken initiative for setting up Central Kitchen at Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand.

The central kitchen will have a capacity of 1 Lac Mid day meal everyday & related infrastructure for its distribution. AAI is providing a grant of Rs.20 Crore as CAPEX under its CSR Scheme. This will improve the nutritional status of children and will encourage them to attend school regularly. This will be a small step in a direction of SARVA SHIKSHA ABHIYAN & National Programme Of Nutritional Support to Primary Education.

For setting up of the central kitchen, AAI signed MoU with Govt. Of Jharkhand and M/s Akshya Patra Foundation on 13th Dec 2017 in presence of Hon'bl Minister Of State for Civil Aviation Shri Jayant Sinha, Regional Executive Director(ER), AAI, Shri K L Sharma , Shri R S Shukla, IAS DC Hazaribagh, Sh. Anil Vikram, Airport Director(Ranchi ), AAI and Shri Vyom Pada Das, President, Akshya Patra Foundation.

According to the MoU, AAI shall provide the funds for setting up the project that include the Construction of kitchen, procurement of kitchen equipments, electrical systems, distribution vessels, Vehicles ,computer systems and a mini laboratory for food testing. The centralized kitchen will have the capacity of cooking through highly mechanized operations that require minimal human interventions. This will ensure variety of menu with hygiene and quality as well as timely delivery of food.

  • "One day our patients will be able to tell their own stories, and we will no longer have to convince naysayers that deaf children can listen and speak."
 

CSR Summit for cochlear implant
surgery under AAI CSR initiative
 

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 :
Mr Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated the "CSR Summit for Pioneering Cochlear Implant Surgery under CSR initiative of Airports Authority of India (AAI) through Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India(ALIMCO)" at Airports Authority of India Officer's Institute (AAIOI), New Delhi on Thursday.

Mrs Shakuntla Gamlin, Secretary, DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI, Mr D R Sarin, CMD, ALIMCO and senior officers were present on the occasion.

The summit was organized to showcase the success of the Cochlear Implant surgery initiative under the CSR and to introduce children who have overcome hearing and speech disability and started hearing and speaking which is not less than a miracle.

At the summit, few children who have overcome hearing impairment after the Cochlear Implant Surgery communicated with the guests. These surgeries were conducted under the CSR initiative of Airports Authority of India (AAI) through ALIMCO. Addressing the gathering, Shri Gehlot said that "An estimate shows that around 35,000 children need Cochlear Implant annually in India. Till date, more than 1000 number of Cochlear Implant Surgeries have been successfully conducted in the country under the ADIP Government of India and CSR funds.

He also expressed his happiness oninitiatives of Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate sectorslike Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Power Finance Corporation (PFC), who are coming forward to fulfil their social responsibility by helping the Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjans).
Recently, as part of Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, AAI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ALIMCO for conducting Cochlear Implant surgeries on PAN India basis valuing Rs 6.69 crore.

AAI sponsored Cochlear Implant surgeries for 115 children with profound hearing loss under their CSR project implemented by ALIMCO on the occasion. Cochlear Implant Surgery and post-operative rehabilitation are undertaken by Ali Yavar Jang National Institute of Speech and Language Disabilities (Divyangjan), Mumbai.

The major CSR initiative of AAI will help the children to completely overcome their hearing disability, thereby enabling them to hear and speak coherently and making them fully independent to lead a normal and productive life. This effort will not only bring these underprivileged children to the mainstream of life but will also contribute to national economy.

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears; as of 2014 they had been used experimentally in some people who had acquired deafness in one ear after learning how to speak. Cochlear implants bypass the normal hearing process; they have a sound processor that resides on the outside of the skin (and generally worn behind the ear) which contains microphones, electronics, battery, and a coil which transmits a signal to the implant. The implant has a coil to receive signals, electronics, and an array of electrodes which is placed into the cochlea, which stimulate the cochlear nerve.

The procedure in which the device is implanted is usually done under general anesthesia. Risks of the procedures include mastoiditis, otitis media(acute or with effusion), shifting of the implanted device requiring a second procedure, damage to the facial nerve, damage to the chorda tympani, and wound infections. People may experience problems with dizziness and balance for up to a few months after the procedure; these problems generally resolve, but for people over 70, they tend not to.

There is low to moderate quality evidence that when CIs are implanted in both ears at the same time, they improve hearing in noisy places for people with severe loss of hearing. There is some evidence that implanting CIs to improve hearing may also improve tinnitus but there is some risk that it may cause people who never had tinnitus to get it.
There is controversy around the devices; much of the strongest objection to cochlear implants has come from the Deaf community. For some in the deaf community, cochlear implants are an affront to their culture, which as some view it, is a minority threatened by the hearing majority.

AAI to assist Government of Haryana in creating
world class international aviation hub in Hisa
 

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Mr Ashok Sangwan, Advisor Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department (DCA), Government of Haryana and Mr Anil Gupta, General Manager (Business Development) AAI, exchanging documents post signing MoU in the presence of other officials on 11thDecember 2017.

NEW  DELHI, DECEMBER 13 :  
Airports Authority of India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the  Government of Haryana for development of civil aviation infrastructure in the state especially for the creation of a world class international aviation hub in Hissar.

The MoU was jointly signed by Mr Ashok Sangwan, Advisor Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department (DCA), Government of Haryana and Mr Anil Gupta, General Manager (Business Development) AAIin presence of other officials on 11thDecember 2017.


Speaking on the occasion Mr Ashok Sangwan appreciated the role of AAI in creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure and airspace in the country.  Shri. Anil Gupta, GM (Business Development) AAI, reiterated AAI’s commitment in assisting Govt. of Haryana for creating and developing world class civil aviation infrastructure in the state.

Upgraded Hubballi Airport inaugurated:
Improved infrastructure, enhanced connectivity
 

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Upgraded Hubballi airport

Mr P Ashok GajapathiRaju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, in the august presence of Mr Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs , Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation , Mr R V Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Govt. of Karnataka , Mr Santosh S. Lad, Minister for Labour& Skill Development, Govt of Karnataka , Mr Vinay R. Kulkarni, Minister for Mines & Geology and Dharwad District Incharge Minister, Government of Karnataka , Mr Pralhad Joshi, Member of Parliament (LokSabha) , Mr Jagadish Shettar, Member of Legislative Assembly (Hubballi-Dharwad Central) and leader of Opposition , Mr Aravind Chandrakant Bellad, Member of Legislative Assembly (Hubballi-Dharwad West) and Mr D.K. Chavan, Mayor, Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation.

 


HUBBALLI, DECEMBER 12 : The upgraded HubballiAirport was inaugurated by Mr P Ashok GajapathiRaju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, in the august presence of Mr Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs , Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation , Mr R V Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Govt. of Karnataka , Mr Santosh S. Lad, Minister for Labour& Skill Development, Govt of Karnataka , Mr Vinay R. Kulkarni, Minister for Mines & Geology and Dharwad District Incharge Minister, Government of Karnataka , Mr Pralhad Joshi, Member of Parliament (LokSabha) , Mr Jagadish Shettar, Member of Legislative Assembly (Hubballi-Dharwad Central) and leader of Opposition , Mr Aravind Chandrakant Bellad, Member of Legislative Assembly (Hubballi-Dharwad West) and Mr D.K. Chavan, Mayor, Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation.

The second largest city in Karnataka, Hubballi forms the agglomerate town area with the city of Dharwad making it the largest urban area 'Hubballi-Dharwad' next to Bengaluru. Hubballi is one of the fastest growing cities in Karnataka and comprises many small, medium and large scale industries which contribute to the growth of the economy of the state. The Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry is established here at Hubballi to facilitate the growth of wide range of industries in Karnataka.

The Hubballi-Dharwad region is also famous for tourism due to its close proximity with Western Ghats, the Rock Garden, the Elephant Camp and the signature 'Kasuti' style of embroidery. With spurt in economic and trade opportunities, the city is growing to be one of the popular destinations for tourists as well as for entrepreneurs. Hubballi-Dharwad is selected for Solar City/Green City Master Plans and is being developed as a 'Smart City' under the Government of India's 'Smart City Mission'.

The New Terminal building of Hubballi Airport is a centrally air-conditioned building, with an area of 3,600 sqm has a capacity to handle 300 peak hour passengers at a time. It has all essential passenger-friendly amenities and conveniences like Check-in Counters, Baggage Conveyors, Elevator, Public Address System, Fire Fighting & Fire Alarm System, HVAC, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), CCTV, Baggage scanners and Car parking etc.

While inaugurating the Upgraded Terminal Building Mr P Ashok GajapathiRaju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation said, "the development of Airport in the country is a joint effort of both the central and state Govt. and all should come together to see that National Flag is flying high."

He informed the audience that Hubballi Airport has been included in the UDAN scheme in the second phase. "The response from the airlines is very good. Number of airports like Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolhapur, Sholapur, Cochin, Goa, Tirupati, Kannur and Belagavi can be connected in the near future," he added.
Commenting on the Upgraded HubballiAirport, Shri Jayant Sinha

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation said, "Since Hubballi is tagged for UDAN, it is expected that this airport will be connected shortly with many other airports."

The Upgraded Terminal Building has many green features like Standing seam Double Insulated Roofing system, provision of sky light system for energy savings, part LED lighting, Low heat gain glazing, energy efficient chillers, usage of fly ash bricks, sewage treatment plant, re-use of treated water for horticulture purposes, Variable Frequency Drive high capacity motors, all the green features aptly seconding the Government's initiatives towards 'Green India.'

The upgradation project of Hubballi Airport was undertaken under the able guidance of Shri. S. Raheja, Member (Planning), Airports Authority of India.

At present, Hubballi Airport is having one daily flight connecting Bengaluru with ATR 72 type of aircraft operated by Alliance Air. Hubballi Airport handled 25,928 passengers during the year 2016-17.On this occasion, the Air India flight A-319, sector Bangalore to Mumbai via Hubli(BLR-HBX-BOM) with a capacity of 160 passengers operating thrice a week was flagged off. The upgraded airport is now capable of handling Code-C (AB-320) type of aircraft.

 

"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious."
― Oscar Wilde

AAI Kalyanmayee holds art exhibition

 

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Kalyanmayee art exhibition

MrAnuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI,Mr Jitendramani Tripathi DCP,Delhi and Mrs Renuka Sondhi Gulati (Art Enthusiast) at the inaugral ceremony at the art camp

 


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 06 :
Airports Authority of India`s Women Welfare Association - Kalyanmayee inaugurated an art exhibition - PRERNAat Airports Authority of India Officer's Institute (AAIOI) on Wednesday.


This art exhibition is being organized from December 06, to December 12 , 2017 and will showcase the paintings of the artists who have conceived their work in the art camp organized by Kalyanmayee in April, 2017.


At the inaugural ceremony guuest ofhHonour Mr.Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI,Mr. Jitendramani Tripathi DCP,Delhi and Mrs Renuka Sondhi Gulati (Art Enthusiast) presented certificates to the participating artists.

An art camp was organized by Kalyanmayee in association with AAIAF (AAI Artist Forum) and FIPA (Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists)from 28.04.2017 to 30.04.2017 to promote amateur artists and give a platform to showcase their talent.

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Patna takes steps on development and interim relief measures at Patna airport

Airport Director, Patna airport, has taken various steps to ease
the congestion in terminal building and Security Hold Area

Patna airport


A temporary structure with seating capacity of 300 passengers has been erected outside the terminal building
A new terminal building at Bihita with a passenger handling
capacity of 5 million is also planned at the total cost of Rs. 800 Crores.


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NEW DELHI, DDECEMBER 5 : 
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken slew of measures o the growing congestion and future plans to meet increasing passenger traffic at Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport, Patna.


Patna Airport was originally designed for handling 0.7 million passengers. With the tremendous growth in aviation in past few years, the airport has handled 2.11 million passengers in the year 2016-17.

In order to meet the ever increasing passenger traffic, AAI is now constructing a new state -of -the -art terminal building with passenger handling capacity of 4.5 million at the cost of Rs. 800 crores.  The construction work for the new terminal building will start from April, 2018. This new terminal building at Patna Airport will take care of 2250 passengers during peak hour .

 In addition to this, a new terminal building at Bihita with a passenger handling capacity of 5 million is also planned at the total cost of Rs. 800 Crores.  The work for construction will commence from September, 2018 subject to handing over of land by December, 2017. AAI has also decided to start 24 -hour operations at Patna Airport in coming summer schedule.  This will allow night operations i.e. from 10 pm to 6am, thereby reducing the day time air traffic

Meanwhile, Airport Director, Patna Airport has taken various steps to ease the congestion in terminal building and Security Hold Area. A temporary structure with seating capacity of 300 passengers has been erected outside the terminal building. Passengers are allowed to enter terminal building only before 2 hours from the scheduled departure and one-hour prior in Security Hold Area.

Additional frisking booth has been added in security check which is operational during peak hours. Work has been awarded for the expansion of Security Hold Area (SHA) on the first floor which will be completed by March 2018.  An additional boarding gate will also be operational from February, 2018.

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Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR),AAI honoured with CEPM Fellowship Award

The award was presented to him by Mr. Suresh Prabhu,
Minister for Commerce & Industry

CEPM


CEPM is celebrating the 25thGlobal Symposium
with the theme "Transforming India through Project Mindset"
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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 04 : Mr. Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been bestowed with Centre for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) Fellowship Award 2017 at 25th CEPM Symposium held at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi .

The award was presented to him by Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Commerce & Industry. Mr. Anuj Aggarwal has over 28 years of experience in the Aviation sector in different roles with vast experience in Planning, Engineering, Airport Management Administration, CSR and Human Resource Management.

First CEPM Conference

In 1992, Centre for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) organized the First International Conference on 'New Dimensions in Project Management' in association with United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In view of CEPM's outstanding success in promoting project management, UNDP again associated with CEPM for their next two International conferences in 1993 and 1994.

CEPM is celebrating the 25thGlobal Symposium with the theme "Transforming India through Project Mindset". The project management brings the imaginations /visions of a nation or an individual into reality and plays a vital role in the development of India.

Centre for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) formed in 1992 is in the forefront of the project management movement in India. In 1992, CEPM organized the First International Conference on 'New Dimensions in Project Management' in association with United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

AAI, GRIHA launch tree plantation drive

 

Mr Rakesh Kalra, Regional Executive Director(NR), AAI, Mr Sanjeev Jindal, GM (CSR), AAI, Dr Ajay Mathur, DG (TERI),Mr Sanjay Seth, CEO GRIHA Council, Principal K.V AAI, Rangpuri, Mrs Shabnam Bassi, Secretary, GRIHA Council and other senior officials of AAI along with students at the launch of "Chhaya" - a tree plantation drive organised by AAI at Kendriya Vidyalaya AAI, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi  


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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 01 :
“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow. ― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

Airports Authority of India (AAI) in association with GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Council, an autonomous body jointly set up by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), AAI organized the launch of "Chhaya" - a tree plantation drive at Kendriya Vidyalaya AAI, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi on 30th November, 2017.

The plantation drive was organized to create awareness about providing natural shade in open spaces by increasing green cover which will help in reducing Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) and improving air quality.

AAI has always been committed towards its social responsibilities along with its primary objective of ensuring safety for air travellers.

At this event, saplings were planted by officials ofGRIHA Council, TERI and AAI. Around 150 children from five different schools participated in the event and visited the paper recycling unit of AAI.

On the occasion Mr Rakesh Kalra, Regional Executive Director(NR), AAI, Mr Sanjeev Jindal, GM (CSR), AAI, Dr Ajay Mathur, DG (TERI), Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO GRIHA Council, Principal K.V AAI, Rangpuri, Mrs Shabnam Bassi, Secretary, GRIHA Council and other senior officers of AAI were also present.

The event was a prelude to the upcoming 9th GRIHA Summit to be held on 18th& 19th December, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

AAI extends financial support to needy patients undergoing liver transplantation

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Mr Sanjeev Jindal, General Manager (CSR) and Dr Bimal Rai Sharma, Deputy Head, Operations, ILBS in the presence of Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI , S Raheja, Member (Planning), AAI, G K Chaukiyal, ED (RCS), AAI, Rajesh Kalra, Regional Executive Director (Northern Region), Dr S K Sarin, Director (ILBS) and Dr Anil Aggarwal, ILBS at signing of the MoU.

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 28 : On the occasion of National Organ Donation Day, Airports Authority of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), an autonomous institution under the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi.

The MoU
On National Organ Donation Day

AAI will extend financial support of Rs. 84 lakhs each year for a period of 5 years for patients from economically weaker section undergoing liver transplant surgery at ILBS. The MoU was signed by Sanjeev Jindal, General Manager (CSR) and Dr. Bimal Rai Sharma, Deputy Head, Operations, ILBS in the august presence of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI on the occasion of National Organ Donation Day. S. Raheja, Member (Planning), AAI, G.K.Chaukiyal, ED (RCS), AAI, Rajesh Kalra, Regional Executive Director (Northern Region), Dr S.K.Sarin, Director (ILBS) and Dr. Anil Aggarwal, ILBS were also present during signing of the MoU.


 
Commenting on AAI's thrust on providing assistance towards ensuring better medical facilities to the underprivileged, Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra said, "We feel privileged to be able to assist the needy and ensuring better medical facilities to them. AAI, through the MoU signed with ILBS, is happy to extend financial support to those patients who can't afford expensive medical treatment. To encourage organ donations in India, we have also kickstarted awareness drives across all our airports."


Apparently, wizards poke their noses in everywhere!

"What is magic? There is the wizard's explanation... wizards talk about candles, circles, planets, stars, bananas, chants, runes and the importance of having at least four good meals every day." ? Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

Kalyanmayee, AAI , organises baby show

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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER23 :
A baby show was organized at Modern Montessori InternationalKalyanmayee, a pre-school of Airports Authority of India`s Women Welfare Association"Kalyanmayee recently. Mrs. Anjali Mohapatra, President of the association inaugurated the event.


In the baby show, topics related to routine care of the newborn, importance of child health vaccination were discussed with parents and appropriate solutions were provided by the pediatricians from the expert panel of PSRI.

 

AAI baby show
Mrs Anjali Mohapatra President Kalyanmayee inaugurating the baby show The show was organised by Airports Authority of India`s Women Welfare Association (AAIWWA),Kalyanmayee, extended arm of AAI which is a congregation of all the lady employees and wives of other employees aptly supported by the families of AAI workforce. – Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, the last man on the moon.


The show was sponsored by PSRI Hospital, IDDS and gifting partners Tupperware, Cetaphil and GSK made the event a great success with activities like art and craft, storytelling, magic show and selfie corner.


The baby show was a significant step towards meeting the expectations of parents and caregivers who pose great faith in school`s long standing legacy of being a baby care center besides all the family time of fun and frolic.

This school is an initiative of Kalyanmayee in collaboration with Modern Montessori International (London) to unbox the creativity of the little minds through a gamut of activities, wherein children get ample opportunities to showcase their talent.

"The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it"
― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

AAI signs MoU with SPIC MACAY

 


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Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI and Ms. Rashmi Malik, Chairperson, SPIC MACAY Foundation exchanging documents post signing MoU in the presence of Mr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi. Mr J.B.Singh, General Manager (PR) and other officials of AAI are also seen.

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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 15 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) is committed towards fostering the exchange of traditional Indian values and to generate awareness of the cultural traditions and heritage of India.

Moving a step ahead in the direction of promoting arts and culture, AAI Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) for organising a two-day event “Dance and Music in the Park “for the next three years. 

This two-day event will showcase various classical dance and music forms of India. This year, the event will be organised on 2ndand 3rd December, 2017 at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and will have performances byrenowned artists Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak) & Raja Radha Reddy (Kuchipudi) and Us. Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod) and Pt. Rajan & Sajan Mishra (Vocal).


The MoU was signed between Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI and Ms Rashmi Malik, Chairperson, SPIC MACAY Foundation in the presence of Mr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi. Mr J.B.Singh, General Manager (PR) and other officials of AAI were also present.


During signing of the MoU Dr Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI expressed his happiness, and said “We look forward to make this two-day event a memorable cultural evening of Delhi. This is, in a way, a tribute to the rich cultural heritage of the country “.

 

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

Factual Report of passenger getting injured
at CCI Airport Lucknow on 11th November, 2017

 

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NEW DELHI, NOVEMB 13 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) would like to put on record the factual report regarding the incident leading to a passenger getting injured at CCSI Airport, Lucknow on  November 11, 2017.


A women passenger travelling by IndiGo’sMumbai-Lucknow Flight No. 6E-446 got injured at CCSI Airport in Lucknow. The IndiGo loader ferrying the passenger in wheelchair, went in the wrong direction by taking a short cut ignoring the defined path.


As per the airport’s CCTV footage, six wheelchairs were required and used for the above mentioned flight. While, twoloaders took the defined and proper path towards the arrival hall, four loaders took a short cut to the arrival hall of the terminal building.


As per Indigo’s loaderinvolved in this incident, the passenger (on wheelchair) was carrying four knob walking stick. The passenger placed her walking stick on the road while the loader was still pushing the wheelchair. This resulted in the unfortunate incident of the passenger falling from the wheelchair.
The Terminal Duty Manager from AAI promptly attended to the passenger along with the Doctor on duty and ensured her well being.


AAI would like to put on record that the reasons given by IndiGoof the wheelchair getting stuck into the crack on the road and claims of dim light are not correct as there is no crack on the tarmac and the area (Baggage Makeup Area, near the airside conveyor belt) has sufficient illumination.

 

 

 

"Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. "
― Grantland Rice

AAI organizes All India Inter
Zonal Football Tournament

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From left : Mr Ankur Dutta, Honorary Secretary, Assam Football Association, Mrs Bijaya Chakraborty, Member of Parliament, Mr D.K. Kamra, Regional Executive Director & President, Regional Sports Control Board and Mrs Sunita Kamra, President, Kalyanmayee North East Region, Airports Authority of India, Guwahati on opening ceremony of AAI All India Inter Zonal Football Tournament at Judges Field, Guwahati.

GUWAHATI , NOVEMBER 08 :
Airports Authority of India's Regional Sports Control Board (RSCB), North Eastern Region is organizing All India Inter Zonal Football Tournament 2017-18 at Judges Field, Guwahati from November 07 , 2017 to November 11 , 2017.

"If you stop fighting for what you want, what you don't want will automatically take over" 

- Gordon Attard

 

The event was inaugurated by chief guest Mrs. Bijaya Chakraborty, Member of Parliament and guest of honour Mr Ankur Dutta, Honorary Secretary, Assam Football Association. Mr D.K. Kamra, Regional Executive Director & President, Regional Sports Control Board, North Eastern Region, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Mrs Sunita Kamra, President, Kalyanmayee North East Region, along with many senior officials of AAI were present on the occasion.

Six teams which includes five regions and CHQ are participating in this mega event.
The ceremony was inaugurated by facilitation of the guests and flag hoisting(RSCB -NER Flag).

The golden kick by the chief guest Mrs. Bijaya Chakraborty, Member of Parliament has signaled the opening of the tournament.

New Instrument Landing System for Runway 07
at Chennai International airport commissioned

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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 06 :  
Airports Authority of India (AAI) in pursuit of augmenting the air navigation services for safety of the aircraft and travelling public has replaced the existing Instrument Landing System (ILS)at Chennai International airport at a cost of Rs. 5.0 crore.

The ILS provides the necessary guidance to the pilots while they approach for landing at the runway. The state of the art equipment is manufactured by  Indra Navia AS, Norway. The new ILS will facilitate smooth landing of the aircrafts at Chennai Airport even during rain, low clouds, smog etc. and provide an improved guidance to the aircrafts.


The new system uses an antenna which is highly directional “Wide Aperture Log Periodic Antenna Array [LPDA]” system. This antenna system has also mitigated the coverage restrictions  of old ILS, thereby,  providing guidance to the aircraft to a much lower height with improved precision and enhanced safety during landing phase of the aircraft.

The complete installation, alignment, testing,flight inspection and commissioningof the new Instrument Landing Systemhas been done in-house by AAI’s  CNS Technical Experts.

AAI signs MoU with Tata Memorial Centre

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The number of Cancer cases is increasing rapidly in India and it is estimated by medical experts that by 2030 there will be nearly 2 million new cancer cases diagnosed in our country which may comprise large segment of paediatric oncology. To fight with this epidemic, Airports Authority of India, Juhu Airport, Mumbai, has decided to stand byTata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai to support them through following two CSR projects:

•             Provision of Rs. 1 Crore for complete financial adoption of underprivileged children suffering from cancer at Tata Memorial Centre (TMC).

The total cost of treating one child with Cancer varies from Rs  50,000  to Rs.4,00,000. The average cost of therapy per child is Rs. 2,00,000. Accordingly, the fund shall be utilized for treatment of destitute children in need suffering from Cancer. The prognosis of the disease and patients shall be provided by Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai to AAI to adopt the child for financial assistance by Airports Authority of India (AAI).  The help of Airports Authority of India (AAI) shall provide great relief to the needy children suffering from such a dreaded disease.

An emergency fund of Rs.5,00,000  has also been provided by Airports Authority of India (AAI) for imparting treatment to the underprivileged  child diagnosed with cancer in initial phase in need of urgent funds.

•             Rs. 31.38 Lakhfor procurement of Tape Station High-throughput Machine for the Department of Med-Oncology-Molecular Laboratory, TMC, Mumbai.Tape Station High-throughput Machine will help to check DNA/RNA quality which is required at multiple steps during the processing of the material for doing the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to make a proper diagnosis of Cancer and to enable doctors to give “Targeted Therapies” in this era of “Precision Medicine”.

The MoU for the above CSR project was signed by Dr. M.K. Bimal, Airport Director, AAI, Juhu Airport, Mumbai and Dr.Shripad D. Banavali, Professor and Head, Department of Medical & Paediatric Oncology, TMC in the gracious presence of Shri Keshav Sharma, Regional Executive Director, WR, AAI, Mumbai; Dr. Rajan Badwe, Director, TMC and Prof. K.S. Sharma, Director Academics, TMC and other officials of AAI and TMC. AAI assured that the aid from AAI shall continue for this noble cause. As a gesture of affection to spread happiness, AAI officials also distributed small packets of fruits juice, chocolates and dry fruits etc. among children admitted at TMC.

“Out of the total amount we received, around Rs. 1 Crore will be used to finance treatment of 50 children a year,” said Dr.SripadBanavali, TMC's Head, Medical Oncology.

We feel humbled to have been able to provide assistance for a noble cause that touches humanity, we will continue to provide our support for the underprivileged children in the coming future too.
Mr Keshav Sharma, Regional Executive Director (Western Region), AAI  

 

Mr Keshav Sharma, Regional Executive Director (Western Region), AAI said, “We feel humbled to have been able to provide assistance for a noble cause that touches humanity, we will continue to provide our support for the underprivileged children in the coming future too.”

Speaking after signing the MoU, Dr. M.K. Bimal, Airport Director, Juhu Airport, said, “The MOU signed by AAI with Tata Memorial Centre is going to be of great help for the underprivileged children. This project of AAI shall be a lifeline to destitute children suffering from Cancer. It is part of AAI's commitment towards ensuring holistic health of people of our society. The emergency fund shall save the life of children in need in initial phase of cancer treatment. I'm grateful to AAI for giving us an opportunity to be part of such a noble cause.”

This is not the only instance of AAI providing assistance towards ensuring timely treatment to underprivileged Cancer patients. Earlier this year, AAI had decided to upgrade the pathology division of Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Silchar, Assam. The Cancer Hospital provides very low cost services to underprivileged low income population hailing from Barak Valley and DimaHasao district of Assam, the neighbouring north eastern states like Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Airport Authority is providing a financial assistant of Rs. 76.05 lakh.

Commenting on AAI’s thrust on providing assistance towards ensuring better medical facilities to the underprivileged, Dr.Guruprasad Mohapatra said, “As a successful PSU, we feel morally responsible towards doing our bit in ensuring holistic lifestyle for the less privileged in our society. Our initiatives in the Northeast India, Cochlear implant assistance in association with ALIMCO, cervical screening programme for the less privileged women and now with Tata Memorial Hospital are testimony to our commitment to the cause.” 

 

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one."
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

AAI inaugurates the 'Integrity Club'
at Dum Dum Airport Girl's High School

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KOLKATA , NOVEMBER 01 :
Integrity is the mother of all values. childhood is the most appropriate time to inculcate the human values. The popular phrase 'Catch them Young' helps to identify the children as future assets of the country and rekindle the values in them so that they become vehicle to carry those values to their families, friends and society. Learning values playfully and practicing them in real life situation ensures them develop ethical muscles to become very strong in value-based living when they grow adults and take up various responsibilities.

This is why, the Vigilance Department and the Human Resource Department of AAI, RHQ, Eastern Region, Kolkata, under the guidance of Shri K.L. Sharma, Regional Executive Director(Eastern Region), successfully piloted the initiative of 'Integrity Club', to instil and strengthen human values in the children of Dum Dum Airport Girl's High School , today i.e. on 01st November, 2017.

This is another feather in cap in his resolve to create corruption free delivery system. Objective of this initiative is to train young minds in the school through properly developed tools over a sustained period to develop their commitment towards values. Integrity Club is framed for the children in the age group of 11-16 years. Various activities will be initiated to develop children's ethical muscles and reinforce them through continuous practice in real life. Twelve specific values viz. Integrity, Patriotism, Tolerance, Secularism, Simplicity, Honesty, Love, Compassion, Responsibility, Respect, Non-violence and Unity shall be taken up for this exercise.

The launching ceremony of Manual of Integrity Club by Mr K.L. Sharma, Regional Executive Director(Eastern Region), AAI Mr Rajashekhar, GM(Engg.), Mr Harbir Singh, GM(HR), Mr. Jeta Sinha, DGM(HR) and Mrs. Paushali Singha Roy Biswas, Principle of Dum Dum Airport Girl's High School
Welcoming speech by Mrs. Paushali Singha Roy Biswas, Principle of Dum Dum Airport Girls' High School, at the inauguration of Integrity Club launching ceremony of Manual of Integrity Club by Mr K.L. Sharma, Regional Executive Director(Eastern Region), AAI .

"A car with a small hole in its fuel tank unattended to shall see its fuel draining little by little and it shall only be left in the middle of a long journey! So is life! Mind the small things!"
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

AAI holds Vigilance Workshop at Tirupati airport

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A workshop organized by Corporate Vigilance Department, Airports Authority of India  at Tirupati airport on "Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance".

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 01 : A workshop was organized by Corporate Vigilance Department, Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Tirupati airport on the topic "Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance" from October 26 to October 27, 2017.

Around 50 executives and non-executives from Tirupati, Cuddapah, Salem, RHQ, SR, Chennai and Chennai airports participated in the workshop.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr C L Ramakrishnan, IPS(Retd.), Ex-DGP and Former Director of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Tamil Nadu and Management Consultant.

The workshop covered various aspects of vigilance and disciplinary matters. Among the eminent speakers, Dr C L Ramakrishnan,IPS(Retd.), ex-DGP and Former Director of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Tamil Nadu and Management Consultants poke on " Lecture on "Organizational Ethics & Basic Values in Life" and on "Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 & its implication and role of CVC, CBI & Vigilance Department of Organization".

AAI observes Vigilance Awareness Week 2017

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Mr  S. Suresh, Member (Finance), officiating Chairman, AAI administering pledge of Vigilance Awareness Week 2017 in the presence of Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member(HR),Mr I N Murthy, Member(Operations), Mr Sanjay Jain, ED(Admn), Mr S.N. Borkar, GM (Vigilance) and AAI officials at Corporate Headquarters, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.

 

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 30 :
The inaugural Function and Integrity pledge taking ceremony was organized on October 30, 2017 on observance of Vigilance Awareness Week – 2017 at Airports Authority of India, Corporate Headquarters, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, SafdarjungAirport, New Delhi.

Pledge taking ceremony was presided over by Mr  S. Suresh, Member (Finance), officiating Chairman, AAIin the presence of Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member(HR), Mr I.N. Murthy, Member(Operations), Sh. Sanjay Jain, ED(Admn), Sh. S.N. Borkar, GM(Vigilance) and other AAI officials.

In the opening address Mr. S. Suresh called upon all officials of AAI to resolve their commitment towards making AAI a corruption free organization with a vision to make India a developed nation and also to be one among the top in Global Civil Aviation Markets.

ACI-ASQ Survey: Jaipur and Srinagar
airports rated Best Airports in the World

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Left to Right : Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI with ACI official receiving the award of Best Airport along with Mr J S Balhara, APD, Jaipur Airport accompanied by Mr I N Murthy, Member (Operations), AAI

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 :.
"It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them."
― George Eliot

So said Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI)," I wish more AAI airports to come into award winning category ." on the ACI-ASQ Award at a function held in Mauritius on October 17, 2017.

Encouragingly, Jaipur and Srinagar Airports got First and Second rank respectively in the category of 2-5 million passengers. Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India along with his team consisting of Mr I N Murthy, Member (Operations) , Mr J.S. Balhara, Airport Director, Jaipur airport and Mr Sharad Kumar, Airport Director, Srinagar Airport received the ACI-ASQ Award at a function held in Mauritius on October 17, 2017.

On this occasion the Chairman congratulated both the APDs for their stupendous achievement and wished many more laurels for AAI in near future. He also challenged more AAI airports to compete and win at ACI-ASQ Awards in their respective categories in future.

Airports Authority of India's continuous thrust on enhanced passenger convenience and superlative services has been yielding results year after year.

At the event Chairman, AAI said, "I am very happy to be a part of the award receiving ceremony with Member (Ops.) along with the deserving winners: APD, Jaipur and APD, Srinagar.

" I urge other AAI airports to please take up my challenge. Big cheers for Jaipur and Srinagar", he added.

They sicken of the calm who know the storm.

Dorothy Parker, Sunset Gun: Poems 

 

"It was an exciting moment when AAI received the Best Airport Awards for Jaipur and Srinagar in the ACI Award function at Mauritius and I personally request all our APDs to take up the challenge put up by our Hon'ble Chairman to achieve the Best Airport Award in ASQ Ratings in their respective categories for next year's awards of ACI. May the spirit of achieving excellence prevail with healthy competition across all Airports of AAI," said Member (Ops), AAI during the award ceremony in Mauritius.


Revelling in just another twilight ! It's too difficult to punctuate consecutive when it is multiplied.


This is for the second consecutive time that Jaipur Airport has been rated the Best Airport in the World in the traffic volume of 2 to 5 million passengers per year. Jaipur was ranked as the Best Airport in the World catering to a traffic volume of 2 to 5 million passengers per year in 2016 also.


The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards are the aviation industry's most prestigious accolades. The awards recognize the airports which have achieved the highest passenger satisfaction ratings in the ASQ Survey - the world's benchmark measure of airport excellence.


It is the only worldwide programme to survey passengers at the airports on their day of travel. Every year, the programme delivers some 600,000 individual surveys in 41 languages in 84 countries. It measures passengers' views on 34 key performance indicators, including airport access, check-in, security screening, restrooms, stores and restaurants. Each airport uses the exact same survey, creating an industry database that allows airports to compare themselves to other airports around the world. The ASQ Programme also has a feature that facilitates sharing of best practices among airport operators.


AAI officials join marketing conference by IILM Institute for Higher Learning at Lodhi Road, New Delhi

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AAI officials,.Chandra ShekharTewari, AGM(Business Development), Mr Sandeep Kathuria, AGM(Business Development) along-with faculty and students of IILM, New Delhi

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 :

To address a customer’s journey into life and work in a digital world, a marketing conference was organized by IILM Institute for Higher Learning at Lodhi Road on  October o6,   2017.
AAI officials Mr .Chandra  ShekharTewari, AGM(BD), Mr Sandeep Kathuria, AGM(BD) and Mrs.S Yogabhama, AM(BD) attended the panel discussion on the topic “Redesigning the Business from the Customer’s back”.

 AAI officials presented the need to identify business imperatives and priorities emphasising the pivotal role, value of human intelligence such as Innovation, Creativity and Imagination play in a world of digitization, automation, augmentation and transformation.

 The students were given insights on ATC working and they welcomed valuable suggestions and ideas for discussions on startups. The faculty forum was given an idea of a course on Aviation Management to ponder over.

Airports Authority of India’s viewpoints towards air connectivity and airport competitiveness were shared with the participants who were also apprised of the new Civil Aviation Policy 2016.
AAI officials also highlighted various innovative initiatives taken by the Government of India targeting the common man like the Regional Connectivity Scheme, UDAN (UdeDeshKaAamNaagrik) that is addressing affordability, capacity and efficiency in aviation business.

"Here's where redesign begins in earnest, where we stop trying to be less bad and we start figuring out how to be good."
― William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

AAI plans initial investment of Rs. 1405 crore in
Hirasar, Rajkot greenfeld airport project

 

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NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 07 :
Rajkot, the fourth largest city of the state of Gujarat is going to get a new greenfield airport soon. The BhoomiPoojan function of the new airport was presided over on Saturday by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on October October 7, 2017 in the presence of Mr Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat , Mr P. Ashok GajapathiRaju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation , Mr Nitinbhai Patel, Deputy Chief Minister, Gujarat; Mr Mohanbhai KalyanjibhaiKundariya, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha); , Mr Devajibhai Govindbhai Fatepara, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) , Mr Shankarbhai N. Vegad, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) , Mr Mahamadjavid Abdulmutalib Pirzada, Member of Legislative Assembly and Mr Shamjibhai Bhimjibhai Chauhan, Member of Legislative Assembly.

The State Government of Gujarat has proposed a greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot as the existing airport is capacity constrained with no further scope for expansion and upgrade due to urbanization and commercial development around the existing airport.

"Rajkot is the fourth largest city in the state of Gujarat. Since the existing airport has no scope of further expansion and is not positioned well to meet the potential traffic demand, the new airport being constructed by AAI will surely meet the futuristic demands of Rajkot and will further add to the infrastructural development of this expanding city."
GajapathiRaju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation 

 

The proposed site for the greenfield airport measuring 2534 acre is next to the National Highway (NH-8B) connecting Ahmedabad and Rajkot and is located 27km east of the existing Rajkot Airport.

An area of 293.255 hectares was handed over by the State Government to AAI in August this year. AAI has requested State Government to demarcate the boundary of land on ground with necessary peg marking with GPS co-ordinates at reasonable distance since handed over lands are isolated pockets.

It has been decided that the AAI shall take up development works in a phased manner. In the initial phase, development works are proposed to be undertaken at a cost of Rs. 1405 crore.

The new greenfield airport is going to have many environment-friendly features like double insulated roofing system, rainwater harvesting system to recharge the ground water level, usage of eco-friendly local building material, LED lighting, sensor-fitted electrical and sanitary fittings, energy efficient chillers, solar power system and a green belt along the periphery of the airport and along the approach road to act as a noise barrier.

While addressing the attendees during the BhoomiPoojan ceremony, Hon'ble Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi highlighted the importance of an airport in achieving development of a region and a state, He mentioned that the present government, for the first time in the history of Indian Civil Aviation since independence, formulated a National Civil Aviation Policy to connect small cities and use the available airstrips across the country.

Commenting on the bright prospects of India becoming a world aviation leader soon, the Prime Minister predicted a very good future for the Indian aviation sector. He also brought to light the fact that for the new Greenfield airport coming up between Rajkot and Surendranagar districts, 96% of the land used was barren land of Govt. of Gujarat.

Commenting on the airport project being handled by AAI, ShriP. Ashok GajapathiRaju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation said, "Rajkot is the fourth largest city in the state of Gujarat. Since the existing airport has no scope of further expansion and is not positioned well to meet the potential traffic demand, the new airport being constructed by AAI will surely meet the futuristic demands of Rajkot and will further add to the infrastructural development of this expanding city."

Chairman, AAI on the occasion said "Rajkot is the nerve-centre of Saurashtra region in Gujarat, it is befitting that the Hon'ble Prime Minister presided over the BhoomiPoojan function for the new integrated state-of-the-art Greenfield Airport at Rajkot. This new airport will cater to the commercial, religious and general aviation needs of the people of Rajkot, Surendranagar and will provide a boost to the local economy. It will offer employment opportunities to the people of the region too".

 

AAI celebrated Navratri with Dandiya night

AAI celebrates Navratri with Dandiya night

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Dandiya

tribhirgu?amayairbhavairebhi? sarvamida? jagat | mohita? nabhijanati mamebhya? paramavyayam || 7.13|| World deluded by these Three Gunas does not know Me: Who beyond these Gunas and imperishable does but be. (7.13)"
Dandiya  


Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI and Mrs. Anjali Mohapatra, President Kalyanmayee lighting the inaugural lamp at cultural event in New DElhi on Friday

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 29 :
,"She the refuge, peaceful and merciful undoubtedly,
She pervades over all, is universal form certainly,
Her lotus feet worshipped by universe – all Glory,
On your appeal "Protect me Durga" saves entirely.
- 458 -"

Airports Authority of India Officers Institute(AAIOI) in association with Kalyanmayee, the Women Welfare Association of AAI organized a cultural event "Non-stop Dandiya" recently for AAI Family and friends.

The event started with the "Aarti "of goddess Durga followed by joyous Dandiya night full of dance and enjoyment.

Families and friends of AAI clad in colorful traditional costumes celebrated the night with utmost devotion and enthusiasm. Dr. GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI and Mrs. Anjali Mohapatra, President Kalyanmayee, graced the occasion along with Mr. Anuj Agarwal Member HR, Dr. Chhavi Agarwal and Mrs. Raheja. The event was a grand success.

"Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." – Ibn Battuta

 

 

 

AAI`s Srinagar and Raipur airports awarded
Best airports under National Tourism Awards 2015-16

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NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28: : ONESOME +TWOSOME =AWESOME (sugggestive of 'Best awards' for two airports) .

Airports Authority of India`s Srinagar International Airport, J&K and Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur have been jointly conferred with the prestigious National Tourism Awards 2015-16. Mr Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, presented the award for Best Airport under 'rest of India' category in at a at VigyanBhawan, New Delhi, on the occasion of World Tourism Day on September 27, 2017.

 

"There is no short-cut to awesome."
Zoe Winters 

 


The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry annually in recognition of their performance towards comprehensive development of tourism in the country. It is the first time that two airports jointly have been selected as best airports for their innovative style of functioning, pro-environment initiatives and passenger friendly approach.


AAI has always been the front runner in providing best of the services to passengers for making its airports customer friendly. These awards not only recognize AAI`s commitment towards safer air travel but also bring more responsibility towards its future initiatives.

AAI releses National Register 2017

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Release of AAI National Register 2017

 

 


NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) which is managing 126 airports (including Civil Enclaves) have taken up the onerous task of preparing a comprehensive National Register containing details of all civil airports/ airstrips in India and the work carried out is first of its kind.

Some of the prominent dignitaries who visited the
India Pavilion were Civil Aviation Minister of Mozambique; Minister
of Infrastructure of Bilbao,
Spain and few senior representatives of
global airlines
AAI statement  

 

The National Register 2017 contains details pertaining to airports/airstrips owned by State Governments, private organisations and joint venture airports in addition to the airports owned/ managed by AAI.

The details / data will be valuable for planning of development of airports especially under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
The details of 288 airports/ airstrips could be of use for emergency landing, disaster management/ Defence and security related activities.

 

World Routes 2017 concludes
successfully in Barcelona, Spain

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Mr I N Murthy, Member (Operations) (in centre); Mr J. B. Singh, GM (PR), AAI (second from right) and other members of the Indian delegation with the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Bilbao, Spain at the India Pavilion during World Routes 2017, Barcelona, Spain

BARCELONA, SEPTEMBER 26 :
World Route 2017 concluded Tuesday here. with successful participation from the delegates from Airports Authority of India (AAI) led by Mr I.N. Murthy, Member (Operations). AAI delegates had the fruitful meetings with over 30 global airlines and government representatives from various nations and invited them to start operations from various cities of India.

Under the Ministry of Civil Aviation the India Pavilion at the venue showcased all major airport operators like AAI, GMR, GVK, Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) and Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL). Ministry-led initiatives like UDAN (UdeDeshkaAamNaagrik), WINGS 2018 and GAGAN were also highlighted during the event.

Some of the prominent dignitaries who visited the
India Pavilion were Civil Aviation Minister of Mozambique; Minister
of Infrastructure of Bilbao,
Spain and few senior representatives of
global airlines
AAI statement  

Some of the prominent dignitaries who visited the India Pavilion were Civil Aviation Minister of Mozambique; Minister of Infrastructure of Bilbao, Spain and few senior representatives of Global Airlines.

The AAI delegates held fruitful route development meetings with prominent airlines like Oman Air, British Airways, Air Canada, Hong Kong Airlines, Kuwait Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Gulf Air, Finnair and VietJet Air.

Other than the attractive design, the India pavilion attracted a lot of attention because a Yoga teacher was performing Yoga asanas live.
World Routes is the global meeting place for every airline, airport and aviation stakeholder.

AAI Engineers Guilds celebrates
Engineers Day on September 15

Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, Airports Authority Of India (third from left) releassing AAI Engineers Guild's 'Technical Souvenir' on the occasion of Engineers' Day in the presence of Mr S. Raheja, Member (Planning), Mr S Suresh, Member (Finance), Mr I N Murthy, Member (Ops), Mr Kaushik Bhattacharjee ED (Engg) and senior officers of AAI.

 

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NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 15 : To commemorate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, AAI Engineers Guild (AAIEG) celebrated Engineer Day on September 15, 2017 at AAI Officer's Institute,Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.

The day is celebrated as "Engineers Day" to honor Sir Visvesvaraya for his outstanding contribution to the society. The Government of India had conferred 'Bharat Ratna' on this legend in the year 1955. Acclaimed world over for his contribution he was also awarded the British honorific title of "Sir" by King George V.

The function was graced by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI, Mr S Raheja, Member (Planning), Mr S Suresh, Member (Finance), Mr I. N. Murthy, Member (Operations) and attended by all Executive Directors, General Manager and Engineers across the width and length of country besides Office Bearers & Members of AAIEG.

On this occasion Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI said that in the recent past in transport sector, the aviation industry across the globe has been witnessing paradigm shift and changes. Aviation sector specifically in India left behind all other is it railway or highways or ports. Engineers have to play great role in achieving the targets in time bound manner.

Speakers on this occasion emphasized that we could successfully implement UDAN (UdeDeshKaAamNaagrik), which offers affordable flying to masses due to dedications shown by Engineers by completing the works in RCS Airports in short span of time. UDAN has set the revival tone for most unserved and underserved airports of the country as well as brought in new destinations on the air map with the dedication shown by Engineers only.

Moreover, on 14th September, a seminar cum workshop on "Coping with need of aviation infrastructure for fast traffic growth in India" was organized by Airports Authority Of India Engineers Guild (AAIEG) in association with Indian Aviation Academy(IAA), New Delhi which was attended by engineers from all over India, Leh to Agaati , Bhuj to Tezu. In the seminar the emphasis was given by various imminent speakers to all engineers to cope up with the challenges in aviation sector and prove/achieve them in time bound manner and this will be the real tribute to Bharat Ratna M Visvesvaraya.

AAI develops airport infrastructure to
cater for growing passenger traffic

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NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 : 
With an objective of improving and developing airport infrastructure to meet the growing traffic, Airports Authority of India (AAI) will undertake new development works at Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad airport.

The airport operator plans to construct new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknowwith estimated cost of Rs. 1230 Crores resultant of the increasing passenger traffic during last 5 years. The new terminal will be able to handle 4000 passengers during peak hour and 6.35 million passengers per annum.

AAI will develop Deoghar airport in Jharkhand to facilitate the joint use of civil operation up to Airbus-320 and DRDO operation up to C-130 type of aircraft. The work will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 401.34 crore on fixed cost basis and Rs. 427.43 crore on completion cost basis. An MoU was signed between the Govt. of Jharkhand, DRDO and AAI in March, 2017. According to the MoU, there will be financial input to the tune of Rs. 50 Cr by Govt. of Jharkhand, Rs. 200 Cr by DRDO and balance cost to be funded by AAI.

To meet the demand of increasing air travel in Allahabad, a new civil enclave at Allahabadwill be developed by AAI at an estimated cost of 125.76 crores.The new terminal is to be made operational before the ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ to be held in January 2019.

AAI will also take up the work of development of greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot inGujraton Build, Operate and Maintain basis. Govt of Gujarat has provided the land free of cost and proposed the construction of new greenfield airport to meet the traffic demand potential of Saurashtra region matching the growth in economic activity and distinguished population profile having very high number i.e. 50 per cent of total NRIs of Gujarat from Saurashtra. The present airport doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle the growing traffic due to capacity constraint.

Upgraded Belagavi airport inaugurated:
Moving towards a smarter future

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Mr Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Mr Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairsand other Dignitaries unveiling the plaque during the inauguration of upgraded Belagavi Airport at Belagavi, Karnataka.

BELAGAVI, SEPTEMBER 14 :
The upgraded Belagavi Airport was inaugurated by Mr Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka and Mr P. Ashok GajapathiRaju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, in the presence of Mr Ananth Kumar, Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs , Mr R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Govt. of Karnataka , D.K. Shivakumar, Minister of Energy and Power, Government of Karnataka , Mr Ramesh L. Jarakiholi, Minister for Co-operation and Belagavi District Incharge Minister , Mr Suresh C. Angadi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) , Dr Prabhakar Kore, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) , Mr Sanjay B. Patil, Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Mrs Sanjyot Bandekar, Mayor, Belagavi City Corporation as the guests of honour.


Belagavi is the second capital of Govt. of Karnataka having Suvarna Vidhana Soudha for the winter sessions of state's Legislative Assembly.

Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats, Belagavi enjoys a cool, salubrious climate and is surrounded by natural beauty in the form of rivers, hills and dense evergreen forests. The city and its vicinity is home to popular tourist destinations like Kamala Basti Fort, Kapileshwar Temple, Sidheshwar Temple, Ramtirth Waterfalls and Kittur Fort etc.


Belagavi is 502 km from Bengaluru and 200 km from Goa Airport. The city is one of the 20 cities selected in the first phase, for development as a smart city under the Government of India's Smart Cities Mission.

The New Terminal, a centrally air-conditioned building, with an area of 3,600 sqm has a capacity to handle 300 peak hour passengers at a time. It has all essential passenger friendly amenities and conveniences and is provided with CUTE-enabled Check-in Counters, Baggage Conveyors, Elevator, Public Address System, Fire Fighting & Fire Alarm System, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), CCTV, Baggage scanners and Car parking etc.

While inaugurating the Upgraded Terminal Building, Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation said, "Belagavi is an important City in the state of Karnataka. With the upgraded airport, the City is all set to cater to more air passengers from the region. Since Belagavi is amongst the first 20 cities being transformed into Smart Cities, this was a much needed development."

Commenting on the Upgraded Belagavi Airport,Mr Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister, Karnataka said, "It is a matter of pride for all of us that Belagavi is on the path of being developed into a Smart City, this Upgraded Airport will play an important role in that transformation. The Airport building is well attuned to the future's growth and requirements."

While inaugurating the Upgraded Terminal Building, Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation said, "Belagavi is an important City in the state of Karnataka. With the upgraded airport, the City is all set to cater to more air passengers from the region. Since Belagavi is amongst the first 20 cities being transformed into Smart Cities, this was a much needed development."

Commenting on the Upgraded Belagavi Airport,Mr Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister, Karnataka said, "It is a matter of pride for all of us that Belagavi is on the path of being developed into a Smart City, this Upgraded Airport will play an important role in that transformation. The Airport building is well attuned to the future's growth and requirements."

Addressing the audience Mr R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Large & Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Govt. of Karnataka; appreciated the efforts put in by Team AAI in upgrading of Belagavi airport which is equipped with all passenger friendly amenities.

At present, Belagavi Airport has two daily flights connecting Bengaluru and Mumbai Airports with Q-400 type of aircraft. Belagavi Airport handled close to 1 lakh passengers during the year 2016-17.Karnataka.

AAI undertakes the construction of integrated
cargo terminal at Imphal airport

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NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 11 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) will undertake the work for construction of Integrated Cargo Terminal at Imphal Airport after obtaining grant-in- aid under Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) of Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoC&I), Govt. of India.

The Government of Manipur had planned to establish an Export Import Cargo Terminal (EICT) at Tulihal, Imphal Airport under ASIDE Scheme of the (MoC&I), Govt. of India.

The objectives of establishment of Integrated Cargo Terminal at Imphal Airport are :


i) Export promotion for handicrafts items and perishable cargo
ii) Fostering of economic development of the Region
iii) Generating employment opportunities in NER
iv) To establish connectivity between South & Southeast Asia, thereby achieving
the improved efficiency and productivity
v) Liberalization of trade with India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations


A grant of Rs.12.96 crore of the total cost estimation of Rs.16.20 crores has been
sanctioned by MoC& I under Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) and the balance
amount to construct the Cargo Terminal will be met out of internal sources of AAI.

AAI at the 2nd World Aviation Conference from
September 05 to 7 , 2017 in Seoul, South Korea

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(L-R) Ms.MaushumiSengupta, AGM(Finance), AAI, Ms.MonikaDembla, AGM(Finance), AAI, Ms.AngelaGittens, Director General, ACI World and Mr Rajeev Kumar Gupta, Jt.GM (Engg-Civil), AAI.

 

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 08 :
To address the challenges for the next generation airports and building mega hub airports in line with the future aviation demand versus capacity, Airports Authority of India (AAI) participated in the 2nd World Aviation Conference organized from September 5 to 7 , 2017 at Seoul, South Korea.

 

Opportunity

"Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door."

Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
 


Addressing the conference Ms Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI-World in her keynote address brought out opportunities, challenges and solutions for the next generation airports.

Airports Authority of India's team led by Mr Rajeev Kumar Gupta, Jt.GeneralManager (Engg-Civil), Ms Maushumi Sengupta, Asstt General Manager (Finance) and Ms Monika Dembla, Asstt General Manager (Finance) presented Airports Authority of India's viewpoints towards air connectivity and airport competitiveness and also apprised the audience of the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 and the innovative initiative taken by the Government of India targeting the common man by introducing UDAN (UdeDesh Ka Aam Naagrik) i.e. addressing affordability, capacity and efficiency in aviation business.

AAI undertakes expansion, upgrade of existing airport infra at Tirupati and Kadapa airports

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NEW DELHI, AUGUST 06 :
Airports Authority of India has approved the plan for expansion, strengthening and upgrade of existing airport infrastructure at Tirupati and Kadapa airports. The project plan for extension and strengthening/resurfacing of existing runway at Tirupati airport will make the airport capable to cater handling of wide-body aircraft. This will meet the demand of growing International traffic and International Charted flights at the airport.The Estimated cost of the work is Rs. 177.10 Crores and the project will be completed within 24 months from the date of commencement of work. 

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into an MoU with Airports Authority of India(AAI) to facilitate upgrade of Kadapa airport.- AAI statement
Tirupati airport has been declared an International Airport recently and has a huge tourist potential. The augmentation of infrastructure facilities commensurate with growth of air traffic will bring positive results for Tirupati airport. Similarly,extension  and strengthening work of existing runway for the operation of up to A-320 type of aircraft and the work of taxiway and apron along-with construction of isolation bay, pavement against blast erosion, runway end safety areas (RESA) and perimeter road, grading of strips etc. at Kadapa airport will be undertaken by AAI at a total cost of Rs.94.44 crore.

AAI sins MoU with Artificial
Limbs Manufacturing Corporation

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Mr Guruprasad Mohapatra (third from left), I.A.S., Chairman, AAI and Mr D R Sarin, CMD, ALIMCO and senior executives of both the organizations at signing of MoU between AAI and ALIMCO on Monday at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.

 

Authority of India (AAI )  signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) on Monday at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi and AAI for Rs.669.00 lakh for conducting cochlear implant surgeries for under-privileged children on PAN India basis.  The MoU was signed in the presence of Mr Guruprasad Mohapatra, I.A.S., Chairman, AAI and Mr D.R. Sarin, Chairman and Managing Director, ALIMCO and senior executives of both the organizations.

If my leg falls off, I'll get a prosthetic. There'd be no deep sadness about. I'd just get on with it! It's called life, and I love life. You have to be positive, and you have to crack on no matter what. John Lydon "Welfare reforms and the whole "happy" exploitation movement are not "baby steps." They are big steps–in a seriously backward direction."- John Lydon

 

Encouragingly, as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken several steps to sustain and empower under-privileged communities near its airports and provide necessary help in socio-economic development of the region. AAI is working in health, sanitation, paper recycling,rurals , sports , eEducation and skill development. 

According to an estimate, more than 10,000 children in India are born with congenital hearing loss and require cochlear implant. This major CSR initiative of AAI will help the children to completely overcome their hearing disability, thereby enabling them to hear and speak coherently and making them fully independent to lead a normal and productive life. This effort will not only bring these underprivileged children to the mainstream of life but will also contribute to national economy.


AAI aims at socio-economic development and bringing change in the life of under-privileged communities evolving them to the party of the sustainable development.

 

AAI's Kalyanmayee works for healthcare, education, environment , Swachh Bharat initiatives

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Mrs Anjali Mohapatra, All India President, Kalyanmayee , at a Cervical Cancer detection camps "Mahila Swaasthya Jaanch Shivirs" organised by Kalyanmayee at Kanakdurgabasti at RK Puram, New Delhi.

 

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBR 01 :
"It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost."
― Murray N. Rothbard

Kalyanmayee, Airports Authority of India Women Welfare Association (AAIWWA) works towards the healthcare, education, environment and Swachh Bharat initiatives to help the underprivileged and needy.

 

Kalyanmayee, under the able leadership of Mrs Anjali Mohapatra, All India President, organized a Cervical Cancer detection camps. "MahilaSwaasthyaJaanchShivirs" at Kanakdurgabasti at RK Puram, New Delhi recently with support of NGOs like AOGIN India and CANSupport to examine women for reproductive health, especially for Cervical Cancer.

Similar camps werealso organized in the past at Swami VivekanandBastiChannkyapuri and Seelampur.The target group for screening was women aged between 30-60 years, which is the most appropriate age for Cancer screening.

"Welfare reforms and the whole "happy" exploitation movement are not "baby steps." They are big steps–in a seriously backward direction."- Gary L. Francione


The main objectives of these camps were:
• To improve awareness about Cervical Cancer, the most common Cancer in India
• To improve awareness about general good health-seeking behavior, nutrition, etc.
• To carry out screening for pre-Cancerous and Cancerous Cervical lesions by Pap Smear Test.
• To treat minor Gynaecological complaints
• To facilitate hospital visit for women detected to be screen positive and complete treatment as required.


The exclusivity of these camps are not just screening but to improve awareness about general good health-seeking behavior, nutrition, Cervical and Breast Cancer, the two most common Cancers in India. Helping women to learn techniques of self-examinationof breasts and also further teach other women in family and check their daughters too. The camps also tested them for Anemia and other Gynecological complaints. Further,Kalyanmayee facilitates the treatment of the women in AIIMS and GTB Hospital, detected to be screen positive as suggested by the doctors' team.

In these three camps 132 women were examined and 22 called for further treatment in GTB Hospital and AIIMS and 14 have been found positive. Kalyanmayee is also following up with CANSupport to ensure that those who need further treatment should visit hospital for further treatment.Kalyamayee is also planning to take this project to other cities across the country as well as in other parts of Delhi.
Kalyamayee is also replicating this project to 11 cities across the country as well as in other parts of Delhi for next three consecutive years.

AAI signs MoU with INCOIS

For development of message generation system for GAGAN

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Member, Air Navigation Services, AAI and Dr Shenoi, Director, INCOS exchanging documents post signing MoU at GAGAN Complex Bengaluru.


NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) under Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad,  an autonomous body under the Ministry of Earth Science signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of Integrated Message Generation System for GAGAN Message Service (GAMES) for utilization of GAGAN service in non-aviation sector on August 23,  2017 by Member, Air Navigation Services, AAI and Dr Shenoi, Director, INCOS at GAGAN Complex Bengaluru.

INCOIS, an autonomous body under Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), Govt of India has mission to provide ocean information and advisory services including tsunami alerts/warnings, ocean state forecasts (OSF), potential fishing zone (PFZ) advisories to a wide spectrum of users such as fishermen, scientific community, Government, maritime industries and coastal population. INCOIS is presently using conventional terrestrial communication methods for dissemination of alert/early warning messages but the reach is limited. GAMES will be a boon to overcome the problem of last mile reach, since the messages can be received directly either on a hand-held receiver or on mobiles for users in deep sea, as well. Dr Shenoi, Director, INCOIS


Dr  Shenoi, Director, INCOIS stated  that INCOIS, an autonomous body under Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), Govt of India has mission to provide ocean information and advisory services including tsunami alerts/warnings, ocean state forecasts (OSF), potential fishing zone (PFZ) advisories to a wide spectrum of users such as fishermen, scientific community, Government, maritime industries and coastal population. INCOIS is presently using conventional terrestrial communication methods for dissemination of alert/early warning messages but the reach is limited. GAMES will be a boon to overcome the problem of last mile reach, since the messages can be received directly either on a hand-held receiver or on mobiles for users in deep sea, as well.

Mr  A K Dutta, Member, Air Navigation Services, AAI in his keynote address said that GAMES is a very important service through GAGAN. Tthere is a very large demand for messaging service for fishing & forming communities in India and GAMES would be able to meet most of these requirements. GAMES when implemented will make India the first country to broadcast messages through a satellite based augmentation system. It will be capable of broadcasting of alert/ early warning messages through GAGAN. GAMES is proposed to be realized in two phases, viz, the demonstration or proto-type phase and the operational phase of broadcasting alert messages within the GAGAN Message Protocol. The decoding of the messages is planned to be done through APPS on hand held receivers and mobiles.


AAI eners alliance with cab aggregators at leading airports

To fulfill the commutation demands of air passengersat AAI airports, namely Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Lucknow and Bhubaneswar.

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NEW DELHI, AUGUST 23 :
Indian aviation sector is witnessing unprecedented growth since last three-four years along with a dynamic shift in passengers’ profile and volume. Present generation passengers expect high quality service at airports where technology is playing vital role.
Keeping pace with the ever-changing technological trends, the Airports Authority of India has entered into a strategic alliance with Cab aggregators like Ola and Uber to fulfill the commutation demands of air passengersat AAI airports, namely Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Lucknow and Bhubaneswar.


Passenger convenience

AAI has always kept passenger convenience at the centre of its functioning. We are committed to give the best possible experience to users of our airports. Bringing in leading cab service aggregators like Ola and Uber is a step in the direction of ensuring minimum hassle and better services to air travelers in India.

D Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI
The alliance with Ola and Uber shall also facilitate air passengers to book a cab through the booking kiosks located at the airports itself. This will reducethe hassle of waiting or moving out for such App based Cabs. This alliance with cab aggregators like Ola and Uber would facilitate the air passengers in having a hassle free, reliable and affordable commutation.


Hitting the reset button : Upgraded Jammu
airport inaugurated augmenting infrastructure

The area of the Terminal Building is expanded from 6700 sq. mtrs. to 14,500 sq. mtrs. with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, an increase from the existing 360 peak hour passengers


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Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation presenting memento to Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir on the occasion of inauguration of the upgraded Terminal Building of Jammu Airport, Jammu.

 

JAMMU, AUGUST 18:
The upgraded passenger Terminal Building of Jammu Airport, Jammu was inaugurated by Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation. Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space , Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir , Mr Kavinder Gupta, Speaker of J& K Legislative Assembly < Mri Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and Mr Shamsher Singh Manhas, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) along with Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) were the other noticeables who attended the inauguration ceremony.

Jammu is the gateway city for the State of Jammu &amp; Kashmir and the winter capital of the State, is also popularly known as the 'City of Temples.' Bestowed with a rich heritage and cultural legacy, Jammu has promising tourism potential. The city is famous for religious tourism and the holy shrine of 'Mata Vaishno Devi' is 46 kms. from the city.

Jammu airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, Ministry of Defence and AAI maintains a Civil Enclave for civil aircraft operations. During the year 2016-17, passenger traffic movement at Jammu Airport reached 1.16 million and the passenger growth rate has touched 29 per cent in the first quarter of 2017-18. To cope with the increasing passenger growth and demand, expansion ; upgradation of existing Terminal Building of Jammu airport has been completed. The area of the Terminal Building is expanded from 6700 sq. mtrs. to 14,500 sq. mtrs. with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, an increase from the existing 360 peak hour passengers.

"I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." - Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln

AAI celebrates Independence Day at New ATS Complex, IGI Airport

A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country's flag.

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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI, hoisting the national flag on 71st Idependence Day at New ATS Complex, IGI Airport in New Delhi


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NEW DELHI, AUGUST 17 :  “Cheers for the sailors that fought on the wave for it, Cheers for the soldiers that always were brave for it, Tears for the men that went down to the grave for it, Here comes the flag!” - Arthur Macy

Airports Authority of India celebrated 71 st Independence Day at New ATS Complex, IGI Airport with fervour and joy. The celebration started with flag hoistingby Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI.

While addressing the officials, Dr.Mohapatra said that “the progressive initiatives undertaken by the Government of India have led AAI to increase and improve its current infrastructure by developing airports that are modern and efficient to facilitate easier movement of travelers.” On this occasion, students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, AAI, Rangpuri gave cultural performances highlighting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country.

AAI also launched itsnew website, to cater increased requirements and to provide a better platform for
the stakeholders for gathering information. A tree plantation drive was also organized at new ATS
complex and upcoming new building of Indian Aviation Academy (IAA) at Vasant Kunj where
Chairman and other senior officials of AAI planted saplings.Simultaneously, all the Regional
Headquarters of AAI and Airports celebrated Independence Day with full enthusiasm.

AAI commemorates 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement


The ceremony is part of India's PM, Narendra Modi's'Sankalp Se Siddhi –attainment through resolve' movement (2017-2022)
 

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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, IAS, AAI , administering the pledge to free Indiafrom problems and create a 'New India' by 2022 at CHQ, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi


NEW DELHI, AUGUST 10 : An oath taking ceremony was organized to mark the 75th
year of the Quit India movement in Airports Authority of India (AAI). The ceremony was
administered by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI in presence of board members
and officials of the organization.

"Ours is not a drive for power, but purely, a non-violent fight for India's independence. In a violent struggle, a successful general has been often known to effect a military coup and to set up a dictatorship, but under the Congress scheme of things, essentially non-violent as it is, there can be no room for dictatorship. A non-violent soldier of freedom will covet nothing for himself, he fights only for the freedom of his country. The Congress is unconcerned as to who will rule, when freedom is attained. The power when it comes will belong to the people of India, and it will be for them to decide to whom it will be entrusted."Mahatma Gandhi

 

On this occasion, the employees of AAI took a pledge to free the country from problems like communalism, casteism and corruption and create a 'New India' by 2022.

This ceremony is part of the 'Sankalp Se Siddhi –attainment through resolve' movement (2017-2022) launched by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi.

 

 

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