K.T Rama Rao, Minister for Industries & Commerce, Government of Telangana inaugurated “Wings India 2020”, Asia’s largest civil aviation event yesterday at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad in presence of Shri M K Rao, Minister of Civil Aviation, Puducherry, Shri Arvind Singh, Chairman, AAI and Smt Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Minister of Civil Aviation, GoI. The international event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, AAI and FICCI with participation from top leaders, special invitees, foreign ministers for civil aviation and global CEOs, suppliers, strategic partners, organizations and the media.

The event consists of Exhibitions, Conference, Roundtables, Ministerial Plenary, CEO’s Forum, Panel Discussions, Static Display and Media Conferences.While delivering the welcome address, Chairman AAI thanked all the participants for attending the event in good manners. He also stated that Indian Civil Aviation plays a key role in connecting Indians to the remotest corner of the country and to the world. Indian Aviation Sector will be the epicenter of the growth trajectory and will present a gamut of operations and challenges.

Airports Authority of India is one of the organizers of the event and is also participating in the event by showcasing infrastructure developments and pioneering initiatives in the field of Civil Aviation Sector through a pavilion.AAI’s stall at the event is exhibiting its various technologies and offerings like GPS-aided Geo-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN), Futuristic Telecommunications Infrastructure(FTI), Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), Space-Based ADS-B and SkyBooks360, etc. Other than sowing various milestones pf AAI, the stall features an ATC Tower with simulators, offering the feel of ATCO work station. Shri Arvind Singh, Chairman, AAI inaugurated the stall in presence of Shri Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), Shri I.N.Murthy, Member (Operations), AAI and Senior officials of AAI.

During the day, Chairman AAI also chaired a panel discussion on the topic Capacity Building: Airlines & Airports along with senior officials of Aircraft manufacturers & CEOs from across the aviation sector. The session was focused on the need for more airports, developments & modernization of existing infra. During the panel discussion, Shri Singh said, “Given the exponential increase in traffic demand, AAI is upgrading the capacity of existing airports and building new airport infrastructure. In order to cater to growing demand, second airports are being planned at Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Goa, Patna, Pune, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam.”

Chairman AAI had a fruitful meeting with Shri. M K Rao, Minister of Civil Aviation, Puducherry regarding development and up-gradation of Puducherry Airport. Shri Rao discussed upgrading the airport for IFR operations which will enable Puducherry Airport for all-weather operations.

Earlier in the day, Chairman, AAI formally launched the construction work of Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) Complex at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad. Spread over 27 acres the institution will cater to growing needs of Air Navigation, Airport & Engineering Research. It will be a global research platform for the world aviation community by facilitating in-house collaborative R&D to offer innovative solutions to problems faced by Civil Aviation.

‘Wings India 2020’- a four-day event themed: “Flying for All’’ is an international platform focused on new business acquisition, investments, policy formation and regional connectivity in the civil aviation industry.

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