For its performance in the recent months, Airports Authority of India has been conferred with two awards. AAI was awarded Trainair Plus certificate and membership plaque by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
ICAO´s regional symposium was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 9 to 13 December 2013. Mohd Hanif, General Manager (Fire Service) on behalf of AAI received the Trainair Plus accreditation certificate and membership plaque from Capt Mostfa Houmanndy, ICAO, Headquarters, Montreal, Canada, Aviation Safety Training Section, Air Navigation Bureau. The certificate and membership were handed over to VP Agrawal, Chairman, AAI and GK Chaukiyal, Member (Operations), AAI by the General Manager (Fire Service).
Herve Touron from International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Air Navigation Bureau had visited AAI, Fire Training Centre (FTC) from 7 to 10 October 2013 an inspection of the facilities for Granting ICAO´s Trainair Plus membership. The mission of Trainair Plus is to improve the safety and efficiency to develop air transport through the establishment, maintenance, and monitoring of training and competency for aviation personnel on a worldwide basis and in a cost effective manner.
Joining the Trainair Plus programme will encourage the Training Centre to develop a systemic and competency based approach to training to meet international standards.
The centre will benefit from an independent ICAO assessment based on the international criteria.The centre will be recognised by ICAO and will have access to a global sourcing of training package. AAI has already received the Trainair Plus accreditation for its training facilities at CATC, Allahabad and AAI, New Delhi.
Another award AAI bagged was the India Pride Award 2013-14 for Excellence in Infrastructure and Development. AAI has won this year´s award in the category of ´Public Sector Undertakings Central in Infrastructure and Development´. The award has been conferred upon VP Agrawal, Chairman, AAI, keeping in view the recent deve¡lop¡ments undertaken by AAI which involves development of airport infrastructure, CNS, ATM Infrastructure and other allied upgraded facilities developed by AAI and its efforts towards connectivity.
The Jury for this year´s awards operated under the Chairmanship of Jagdambika Pal, Member of Parliament, Chairman Committee on Public Undertakings, Lok Sabha. This award to AAI at this juncture is motivational for all the employees of AAI.
Payment of Dividend AAI Chairman Agrawal presented a final dividend cheque of Rs 147 crore to the Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh in the presence of KN Shrivastava, Sec¡retary (Civil Aviation), Anil Srivastava, Joint Secretary, G Asok Kumar, Joint Secretary, M Kannan, Economic Advisor and AAI Board Members KK Jha, Member (Human Resource), V Somasundaram, Member (Air Navigation Services), GK Chaukiyal, Member (Operations) and Rajesh Bhandari, Executive Director (Finance). Senior officers from Ministry of Civil Aviation as well as AAI were also present on this occasion. AAI is an organisation of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and it has been making profits since its inception. For the financial year 2012-13, AAI earned revenue of Rs 6,917 crore, profit before tax of Rs1,337 crore and has declared dividend of Rs 147 crore to the Government of India. Despite increase in gross revenue during 2012-13 by Rs 1,038 crore, profit before tax has reduced to Rs 1,337 crore (Rs 1,364 crore in the previous year), primarily due to increase in operating expenses, security operating expenses vis-a-vis PSF (Security) amount received.