Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Brand new day for Delhi airport

The GMR group-led joint venture, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) will take over the reins of the city airport from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday. It will also mark the end of the three-month transition period where AAI and DIAL had managed the airport together.
The handing over of the charge will mean people handpicked by the joint venture replacing senior AAI manages. From Wednesday, there will be no airport director but a chief operating officer.
Several senior AAI officers have resigned and joined DIAL. As per the Operations, Maintenance and Development Agreement (OMDA), the joint venture will need to absorb 60 per cent of the present airport employees.
While the around seven senior managers incharge of airport operations will change, "sovereign functions" like the Air Traffic Control, Customs, Immigration and CISF for security will remain with the government.
02/08/06 Archis Mohan/Hindustan Times
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