A two-day Annual Conference of AAI top executives was inaugurated on 13th  Jue, 2018 by Shri Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble 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. Guruprasad Mohapatra, 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 our teams to implement the desired changes to achieve the goals. He added that purpose of the conference is to contemplate on the changes & challenges lying ahead and find ways to improve our performance despite the exponential growth we are witnessing.
Shri Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation 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 peri, od 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. This has become possible with the positive approach of the government with fair & transparent policies in place. These figures complement the government’s slogan of “Saaf Niyat Sahi Vikas”. He emphasized that although lots of efforts have been put in but need of the hour is to manage the changes in more effective manner so as to make the customer experiences even better and enriching.
He further emphasized that we all have to take up the leadership and ownership to make the things happen. It is with this belief that lot of projects like Digi Yatra, Policy on Drones and other such initiatives have been set rolling by the Government. He stressed on adopting cutting edge technology to be better than the best and embrace criticism and effectively deal and resolve the issues to make the primary customers-the passengers satisfied while travelling through the airports.

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 Second day will host sessions from 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.

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