Monday, July 30, 2018

DGCA will only issue licences, but control of ATCOs will remain with us, says AAI boss

AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra spoke to Sindhu Bhattacharya of CNBCTV18.COM on a range of issues such as congestion at airports, privatisation and capacity, among others and clarifies that control of air traffic controllers will remain with his organisation and not with. Edited excerpts:

The government has said the control of air traffic control officers (ATCOs) will pass on from AAI to (aviation regulator) DGCA to comply with ICAO norms. What are your thoughts?

A: ATCOs are recruited and trained as per international and DGCA norms but are not licensed currently. They are only rated by a system devised by AAI, their employer. Should DGCA take over the role of licensing the ATCOs is the question. That will require rule changes and DGCA is working on it … Control of ATCOs will remain with AAI.

UDAN flights and slot constraints. What’s the situation?

A: Slot constraints for these flights exist only in Delhi, Mumbai airports. So we are building Hindon airport as an alternative to Delhi. Flights should start from Hindon in 6-9 months. In Mumbai, round one of UDAN flights have been accommodated. but Navi Mumbai is required for remaining flights.
30/07/18 Sindhu Bhattacharya/CNBC TV18