Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Ready to cooperate for new international flights to Bhubaneswar

Hopes for development of the Bhubaneswar airport run high as Suresh Chandra Hota, IAP, has taken over the Biju Pattnaik International Airport as its Director since April 27, 2017. With him, the airport has got its first Odia director. An expert by education and training and a workaholic by temperament, Hota is credited with 30 years of rich experience, splendid craftsmanship and repository wisdom in the field of aviation. A son of the soil hailing from Sambalpur, he has an enviable academic record. Having a Post-Graduate degree in Physics from the Sambalpur University, he had opened his innings as Aerodrome Officer in the National Airports Authority in 1987. A seasoned air traffic controller, Hota specialises in Air Traffic Services, PANS OPS, Annex 14, ISO Audit, Airside Management, Bird Hazard Control and NOC for Height Clearance, Customer Satisfaction and Airport Administration Operations and Management. On climbing the hierarchical ladder, Hota was finally asked to join the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati in October 2010 as its Director. He had brought about a total transformation of this airport within his brief stint of one year and eight months and eventually bagged the coveted Best Airport Award from the then Minister of Civil Aviation in April 2010. He was again called for to lend his magic wand by taking over as Director of the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow. It was during his tenure here, he was nominated to pursue an Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) under the Airport Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and after completion of this elite course was awarded with the much-sought-after insignia International Airport Professional (IAP) designation, which is the dream of every airport officer. Hota carried out many developmental activities at the Lucknow airport, and with his leadership, steered the airport to World No II position among airports of 2 to 5 million capacity in 2015. He was again awarded this time by Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju in New Delhi in 2016.
04/06/17 Sugyan Choudhury/Daily Pioneer