A two-day Annual Conference of AAI top executives was inaugurated on 13th June, 2018 by Mr Jayant Sinha, Minister of State of Civil Aviation,at Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi. This conference provides a platform to the entire AAI top brass to interact and share the experiences and ideas to sync the organization wide working with its Corporate Plan, Vision and Mission in line with the greater objectives of customer focus and ease of travel on which the Government has been concentrating since unveiling the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP -2016).
Dr. GuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, AAI in his welcome address emphasized that despite AAI being one of the most geographically distributed public sector unit and managing such diverse workforce spread across the length and breadth of the country, the challenges are being handled very well by AAI teams to implement the desired changes to achieve the goals. He added that purpose of the conference was to contemplate on the changes & challenges lying ahead and find ways to improve performance despite the exponential growth the aviation sector is witnessing.
Mr Sinha, in his Keynote address appreciated the excellent work done by various airport heads in implementation of plans of the government to make the air travel available to the common man in the remotest parts in line with the vision of the Prime Minister.
During his address, he highlighted that over the past four years, the number of passengers have doubled,the number of operational airports have gone up from 70 in 2014 to almost 100 in 2018 and in the same time period the number of aircraft have risen from 350 to 550 in the Indian skies.To meet with this unprecedented demand, as a result of flying being taken up by a common man in a big way, airlines have placed firm orders of more than 950 aircraft to be added in their fleet in coming years.
On the first day of this two-day conference, presentations and deliberations were scheduled from the AAI Board Members and selected teams from airports on the new change initiatives implemented in AAI under Project Utkarsha. On the second day there were sessions participated by experts from Airport Council International (ACI) on forces of change, end to end customer evolution, advance commercial relations etc. to share best global practices and their feasibility in the Indian perspective.