Monday, July 12, 2021

Airport Authority of India implements cost-cutting measures

New Delhi: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to cut costs due to heavy losses reported by it amid the pandemic. Directives were issued by the AAI, with more than 25 per cent cost-cutting measures taken for the financial year 2021-2022.

“The pandemic has adversely impacted the finances and revenue of AAI for the financial year 2020-21. Though it was expected that there will be some improvement in the current financial year. However, due to the second wave, the adverse impact on finances and revenue continues. lt is expected that AAI will be in loss for the current fiscal year,” the AAI directive said.

AAI is the largest airport operator in India. About 125 airports come under the authority and AAI has managed these airports zone-wise. Presently, the Central Headquarters of AAI, Northern, Eastern, Western, Southern Zones, and other regions are functional across the country.

AAI mainly selected three areas for cost-cutting – repair and maintenance, other operating and expenditure, and administration and other expenses which include (civil mechanical, vehicles, furniture, electronics, water, taxi rental, maintenance charges, printing, telephone, travel expenses, and CSR expenses).

The directive of cost-cutting has been issued to the heads of all the departments. “As per the directives of Chairman, AAl, an interactive deliberation on cost-cutting measures in respect of select heads of Operating and Administrative Expenditure was carried out with all HODs of Cl’lQ/Regions/Airports,” read the AAI order.

11/07/21 ANI/Telangana Today

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