Business Interview

Mr V P Agrawal, Chairman, Airports Authority of India

“Focused on safety, passenger handling”

Mr V P Agrawal has been at the helm of AAI during a period when huge airport modernization, expansions and rebuilding have taken place. Soon after the event, Indra Lok to Indra Prastha, he spoke alongside his wife Mrs Archana Agrawal (see following interview) to India Empire Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty
On Kalyanmee…
This organization is into its 25th year. It looks at CSR activities. Many celebrities have joined our events. From the film fraternity Dharmendra ji, Mr Javed Khan, Mrs Shabana Azmi, Amjad Khan sahib, are among those who have graced our functions and events. I am glad to say that these celebrities feel honoured and proud to associate with AAI.

On upgrading airports…
Presently we have upgraded Indore, Lucknow airports. Chennai will be ready for a new inauguration soon. We follow up with Raipur, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata and Goa after that.

On Amritsar airport…
We have ushered in CAT II instrument landing system. It will support safe and smooth aircraft operations. The upgradation required improvement in airport infrastructure, removal of obstacles in and around the airport, training for the controllers and the maintenance personnel. The advance landing system would reduce the visibility requirement for an aircraft for landing at Amritsar airport from the existing 650 metres to 350 metres.

Modernization at its best—Trivandrum International Terminal

On modernization of air traffic management…
Airport Surface Movement and Guidance Control Systems (ASMGCS) were commissioned at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad and Bengaluru Airport. ASMGCS has also been installed at Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata airports.
No Objection Certificate Application Software (NOCAS) has been introduced for online processing of height clearances and their subsequent monitoring.
Voice Control Communication System (VCCS) has been commissioned at 30 airports.

On Jane’s Award 2012 for AAI…
As an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), AAI recently won the prestigious Jane’s Award for the year 2012 for achieving the best operational efficiency through its upper airspace harmonization programme. The award was presented to AAI at an impressive ceremony in Amsterdam on March 5, 2012.

On the growth of AAI…
During 2011, AAI-managed airports in the country and other joint venture and private airports handled over 1.5 million aircraft movements, over 157 million passengers, including 39.48 million international passengers, over 2.3 million tonnes of freight, including nearly 1.5 million tonnes of international freight. The total aircraft movements and passengers have witnessed the double-digit growth of 10.93 per cent and 14.43 per cent respectively, whereas freight traffic has registered a marginal increase of 0.82 per cent as compared to the traffic landed during 2010.

Let’s take the recycled paper unit from which we are making our own paper and putting in place our own stationery. The stationery is being used at all Airports Authority of India offices across the country. All DO letters, envelopes, files are made from recycled paper. In terms of saving, we may not be that economical compared to virgin paper, but in the end we end up cutting far lesser trees. And this simply technology can be replicated everywhere.


May 2012

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