Airport Authority of India hosts an Airport Promotion Conclave at Hotel Sahara Star
Discussions were held with the focus on improving connectivity in Western Region Airports covering Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Goa
Airport Authority of India RHQ, Western Region, Mumbai hosted an Airport Promotion Conclave on 4TH and 5th October 2019 at Sahara Star Hotel, Mumbai. The event was attended by Member (Ops.) Regional Executive Director WR, Mumbai, Airport Directors of Western Region & Regional Headquarter Head of Departments, WR Mumbai, BCAS, DCGA, Air India, Indigo, Go Air, Vistara, Senior Officials of Government of MP & Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation.
On day one, Regional Executive Director, WR Shri G. Chandramauli gave his welcome address to the guests. He put special emphasize to work collectively with stakeholders to ban single-use plastic at Airports, install plastic crusher machines at prominent places and maximize non-aero services to passenger delight and make their journey more memorable. Further, he declared a dedicated ‘May I help you’ desk to be provided at Airports to facilitate Divyagjan passengers. At the outset, he appreciated all the Airport Directors about extracurricular activities conducted during the celebration of 150th Gandhi Jayanti at WR Airports and specially thanked APD Vadodara & Bhopal for their best display during Gandhi Jayanti.
RED gushed about the excellent services showcased by WR during the closure of neighbouring state Airspace. He admired all APDs for putting commendable efforts to normalize the impact of Cyclone Vayu without causing passenger disturbance. Considering safety and security is a real concern at Airport, RED suggested all the APDs work hand in hand with CISF and take care of their issues like accommodation, medical facilities in a best positive manner as well. Regular Fire drills to be conducted at Airports. He suggested all the APDs maintain punctuality in attending office and also to monitor attendance of all the officials posted at their airports with strictly monitoring of unauthorized absent cases.
All APDs gave presentations and insights on a broad range of topics including ‘Automated Airside Facility Inspection System’. Member (Ops) in their lecture gave special importance to enhance solid waste management plan under the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan to decongest Airports and make them environment-friendly. They appreciated the Mumbai ATC team for their excellent performance in air traffic controlling during the closure of Pakistan air space and applauded them for proving the capability of WR to handle any exigencies. Member (Ops) also informed that New Terminal building at Porbandar, Surat, Jabalpur will help to increase the traffic handling in WR. With the expansion of runway capacity in Goa, there will be mega change in the traffic at Goa. Under RCS scheme UDAAN-I to III International UDAAN-IV, connectivity has improved a lot and various incentive schemes are being announced shortly by AAI to attract airlines to grab the opportunities to maximize their profit. On the occasion, Members of Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) gave an educating presentation on ‘Wildlife Management and Airside Pavement Management.
On the second day, Officials from DCGA, BCAS and Domestic Airlines and State Governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were welcomed. The esteemed speakers who joined provided valuable inputs to the event.
Discussions were held with the focus on improving connectivity in Western Region Airports covering Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Goa. Also, augmentation of Infrastructure, emphasis on safety and security requirements & development of New Airports/Routes were given priority.
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