Monday, December 25, 2017

Government for big overhaul of Airports with UDAN

The Government of India plans to revive 50 unserved and underserved airports under Regional Connectivity Scheme– UDAN. An efficient network of airports shall reduce barriers for development in the country, bringing opportunities to the hinterland. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) shares this and much more in conversation with Shivani Tyagi of Elets News Network (ENN).

What role does AAI play in strengthening the aviation sector in the country?
The civil aviation is a sunrise sector of growth backed by favourable demographics, a rising middle-class population, high disposable incomes, and faster economic growth. Domestic air traffic in India is growing at about 20 per cent annually and international traffic at 10 per cent, providing huge employment. India is world’s seventh largest aviation market presently and is poised to be the third largest within a few years.
AAI, under the aegis of Ministry of Civil Aviation, has been actively involved for strengthening the aviation sector. The focus of AAI has been to develop airport infrastructure at par with the world standards. Consequently, AAI has completed modernisation of 61 airports in the country including two metro airports at Chennai and Kolkata. For a holistic growth of aviation in India, AAI is committed to develop airport infrastructure in all corners of the country including Tier-II and Tier-III cities. The aviation sector has further been boosted with unveiling of National Civil Aviation Policy and UDAN scheme to extend air transport to the masses at a reasonable price.

To provide requisite infrastructure, AAI has embarked upon infrastructure development plan with the outlay of Rs 20,500 crore in next five years which includes upgradation and expansion of existing airports, revival of non-operational airports, upgradation of Airport Navigation System (ANS) and the telecommunication infrastructure. Further, AAI will provide logistical and technical support to the State Governments for bringing up Greenfield Airports and operationalisation of their airports.

How has technology contributed to bring improvement in Airport Authority of India (AAI)?
Construction of modern state-of-the-art terminal buildings has been taken up with the provision of commonly used IT infrastructure with Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common Use Self-Service Kiosks (CUSS) and overall integration of all systems through establishment of Airport Operational Control Centres (AOCC) at airports. Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) for facilitating faster baggage handling and reconciliation at all major airports of AAI. Sensor controlled elevators, escalators, Passengers Boarding Bridges (PBBs) with Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (AVDGS) and walkalators have been provided in the new terminal buildings to ease the passenger movement.
BMS controlled Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is being adopted in the terminal building to have better temperature control for comfort of passengers and for energy efficiency. In the recent past, we have implemented various state-of-the-art technology for CNS-ATM systems and advance ATM procedures to enhance safety, efficiency and reduce congestion in airspace across various airports and the entire Indian airspace.
Air traffic flow management has been introduced to balance the demand vis-à-vis the capacity so that the airport operates at optimum capacity throughout. India has become only the seventh country in the world to have this capability.
24/12/17 egov