V P Agrawal - Articles and news items
Issue 4 2011 • 8 August 2011 • V.P. Agrawal, Chairman, Airports Association of India (AAI)
As a result of the influx of air traffic in the past decade, AAI have embarked upon a plan to modernise and upgrade its airports with two aims; firstly, to not only match but to keep on top of the increase of air traffic, and secondly, to create world class standard airports within India for the comfort and benefit of passengers.Sixty airports within the country were identified as candidates for the modernisation programme. The theory behind the initiative is to develop state capitals and other airports which have the potential to attract tourist and business travellers who can contribute towards the economic growth of that particular region.The level of investment involved has certainly mirrored the size and magnitude of this project. Indeed, the fact that the capital expenditure of the AAI five year plan has increased by 300 per cent shows the scope of what we are trying to achieve with this modernisation.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to present the Indian Regional Focus in International Airport Review. At the outset, I would like to compliment IAR for the yeoman service they are rendering to the Global Aviation fraternity by keeping us up to date with developments the world over.