AAI Signs MoU with US Agency
Chicago : An Agreement has been signed between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and US Trade & Development Agency [USTDA] for the development of Aviation Security Equipment Testing and Evaluation Programme. This will enable AAI and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to create clear standards, specifications and testing procedures specific to India’s own standards of aviation security. These procedures will be also in alignment with international practices for three types of aviation security equipment. These three equipment are designed to scan carry-on luggage, checked baggage and passengers. Airports Authority of India (AAI) participated in the 20th World Route Development Forum held at Chicago from 20th to 23rd September this year. AAI has identified 29 airports for marketing amongst the airlines present at the Forum. The airports identified were Amritsar, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow, Leh, Srinagar, Varanasi (Banaras), Bhubaneswar, Gaya, Kolkata, Port Blair, Ranchi, Raipur, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Indore, Goa, Pune, Surat, Chennai, Coimbatore, Calicut, Madurai, Mangalore, Trivandrum, Trichy and Visakhapatnam. AAI also conducted one-to-one meetings with the participating airlines and had a dedicated exhibition stand also. The airport-specific brochures brought out by AAI on the occasion included salient features of the airports, catchment areas they belong to, aerodrome reference code, tourist attractions and aviation and tourism potential. AAI has been participating in the various World Route events for the last six years. It maintains 125 airports comprising of 21 international airports (3 civil enclaves and 3 joint venture), 78 domestic airports, 7 customs airports (4 civil enclaves) and 19 other civil enclaves. In addition, AAI also provides Air Navigation Services (ANS) at all civil airports in the country. Currently, Indian airports are handling about 122 million domestic and 47 million international passengers and are poised to handle 217 million domestic and 76 million international passengers by 2020. Enhanced air connectivity through no-frill airports is the upswing in the Indian civil aviation sector as this will not only give boost to the economic growth but will also facilitate availability of infrastructure in the airport sector thereby bringing a synergy with airport operation. Government of India is focusing and pushing for development of airport infrastructure in tier-III cities. AAI will have to play a key role in implementation and execution of no-frill airports in the country. As per the estimates, about 50 such airports are on the anvil. The five airports included in Phase-I are Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Hubli and Belgaum (Karnataka) and Kishangarh (Rajasthan).