Tag: Airports Authority of India (AAI)

Domestic Airlines owed Rs 2.4 K cr Dues to AAI

[New Delhi]Domestic Airlines owed Rs 2.4K cr Dues to AAI
Dues against foreign scheduled and non-scheduled airline operators stood at Rs 312.27 crore, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
However, specific date regarding the dues to be paid to the AAI was not disclosed.
“Dues, excluding penal interest, claim against domestic scheduled and non-scheduled airlines’ operators as on January 15, 2019 is Rs 2,448.41 crore,”
According to him,
SpiceJet’s dues stood at Rs 105.71 crore against security deposit of Rs 124.22 crore, while that of
GoAir was Rs 19.35 crore against security deposit of Rs 73.12 crore.
Sinha said that Kingfisher Airlines’ dues amounted to Rs 294.69 crore, including penal interest of Rs 119.39 crore.
AAI has already filed a court case on March 14, 2014 for recovery of dues from Kingfisher Airlines and has taken up the matter with SpiceJet for clearing the dues. The dues against GoAir are regular dues .
Kingfisher Airlines was grounded in 2012.

“MSDC” Launched To Train 2.5K Youth in Aviation Jobs

[Chandigarh,]”MSDC” Launched To Train 2.5K Youth in Aviation Jobs
A first-of-its-kind Aviation Multi Skill Development Centre (MSDC), was inaugurated in Chandigarh today by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju,
Member of Parliament Chandigarh, Smt. Kirron Kher, and Member of Parliament Anandpur Sahib, Prem Singh Chandumajra. were also present
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Raju said “This Centre which will train about 2,400 youth and women in 8 aviation job roles over the next 3 years has already received a very enthusiastic response.
Located at Chandigarh’s old Airport Terminal building, this Centre will leverage AAI’s existing infrastructure, which has been converted to offer training in modern aviation courses as well as upskilling programmes to empower youth and women in particular. The Centre is equipped with modern training infrastructure to supplement an industry-relevant course curriculum. Upon successful completion of the skill training, the candidates will be certified by NSDC through the AASSC.

Centre Approves Land For Expansion Of JP Intl Airport ,Patna

[New Delhi]Centre Approves Land For Expansion Of JP Intl Airport ,Patna.Cabinet Chaired By PM Has Given Its Approval
Cabinet approves exchanging of Airports Authority of India’s land measuring 11.35 acres with equivalent land of Govt. of Bihar at Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport, Patna for expansion / development purpose
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to transfer 11.35 acres of land to Airports Authority of India (AAI) by way of exchanging equivalent land of AAI at Anisabad. The proposed land at Patna Airport will be used for expansion of the airport and construction of new terminal building along-with other associated infrastructures. The State Government has also agreed in principle for transfer of the land.
File Photo Of Patna Sahib Gurudwara

Airlines Challenges Development Charges @Rs 8500 In HC :UDAN

[New Delhi]Airlines Challenges Development Charges @Rs 8500 In HC
The proposal to levy Rs 7500 to Rs 8500 per flight operated by Indian airlines to create a fund to develop regional airports under its UDAN scheme was today challenged in Delhi High Court which sought to know the government’s stand on the matter.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued notice to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and sought their replies by December 21 regarding the challenge to the levy, which comes into effect from tomorrow.
The order came on the petition by Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) which has said that while the scheme allows it to pass on the levy to the passengers, it cannot do so as it is not a fee for which the carriers are rendering any service to the flyers.
The FIA, which represents scheduled carriers like Indigo, GoAir, Spicejet and Jet Airways, has sought quashing of the October 21 notification inserting the rule for imposing the levy as well as the November 9 order declaring rates of levy and the categories of the scheduled flights on which they would be imposed.
FIA, represented by senior advocate Arvind P Datar, said the levy would put an “immense financial burden”, estimated between Rs 388 crore to Rs 532 crore or more per annum, and sought orders prohibiting the AAI from collecting the levy.
It said that if the financial burden was passed on to the flyers, it would lead to an increase in tariff which would run counter to objectives of the National Civil Aviation Policy and the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme under it to bring airfares down to affordable rates.
UDAN, as per the Centre, seeks to connect small cities by air as well as make flying more affordable for the people

Govt Formulating Norms Of Ticket Cancellation’Fee’For Indigo Like AL

[New Delhi]Govt Formulating Norms Of Ticket Cancellation Fee For Airlines
Apart From The Airfare Capping, Civil Aviation Ministry is working on new norms for ticket cancellation+baggage+ denied boarding,
Largest airline by market share IndiGo and government-run Air India hiked its cancellation charges, Directorate General of Civil Aviation had sought an explanation from the carriers over the issue.
A total of 46,833 passengers were affected due to flight cancellations, delays and denied boarding, involving a compensation of Rs 1.33 crore during April.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Said that the Government is working on new norms with respect to ticket cancellation fee amid concerns that airlines have been levying high charges on passengers.
“There are a lot of suggestions we are working on,” Minister today said in a response to a query on whether the ministry is formulating norms with regard to ticket cancellation charges and related issues.
He was speaking here on the sidelines of a function, where Airports Authority of India (AAI) National Skill Development Corporation and National Skill Development Fund entered into an agreement for skill development in aviation sector.
.Recently, domestic air passengers’ body APAI wrote to the ministry and the DGCA about issues such as adequate compensation to fliers in the eventuality of their flight getting cancelled or delayed.

Wadia’s No Frill GoAir Asked To Clear Dues Of Rs 15 Cr Immediately

[New Delhi]Wadia’s No Frill GoAir Asked To Clear Dues Of Rs 15 Cr Immediately
AAI Today asked GoAir to pay Rs 15 Crore.Airline Has Bank Guarantee Of Rs 30 Crore Only Whereas Dues Are 45 Crores
National airports operator AAI has asked Wadia Group airline GoAir to pay at least Rs 15 crore by Monday following its dues going up by more than its bank guarantee amount of over Rs 30 crore.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has served the notice to GoAir in this regard, asking it to pay the amount by April 18,
GoAir’s dues at present stand at Rs 45 crore, while its bank guarantee is for a little over Rs 30 crore, the source said.
“The AAI has asked the airline to bring down this outstanding amount to below Rs 30 crore and make payment of Rs 15 crore within the next five days,”
The Mumbai-based no-frills carrier has accumulated these dues to AAI on account charges relating to route navigation, landing and parking at its airports.

PM Inaugurated New Terminal at Chandigarh Airport Boost Economy Of 3 States

[Chandigarh]PM Modi Inaugurated New Civil Air Terminal at Chandigarh Airport .It Will Boost Economy Of Three Northern States.
Prime Minister Of India Narendra Modi today inaugurated a new terminal at Chandigarh airport which will handle both domestic as well as international flights.
Modi dedicated to the nation the modern facility which is expected to boost the economic and industrial development in Punjab, +Haryana + Himachal Pradesh.
The ambitious Rs 939-crore project, which is being seen as a “harbinger” of regional development for the northern part of the country, will be operated and maintained by Chandigarh International Airport Ltd (CHIAL), a joint venture between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the governments of Punjab and Haryana.
AAI has 51 % stake in the project while Punjab and Haryana have 24.5 per cent equity each.
Governor of Punjab and Haryana and Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Kaptan Singh Solanki, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar were among those present on the occasion.

GAGAN,Costing To Rs 774 Crores,Launched For Seamless Navigation to Aviation Industry

[New Delhi]GAGAN Costing To Rs 774 Crores Launched For Seamless Navigation to Aviation Industry.
Jointly developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI), at an investment of Rs 774 crore,?GAGAN will offer seamless navigation to the aviation industry.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today launched the GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system,which would make airline operations more efficient and reduce costs.
GAGAN is a satellite-based navigation system which provides autonomous, high precision geo-spatial location information of the user in terms of latitude, longitude and height along with velocity and time.
The benefits of GAGAN include improved efficiency, direct routes, increased fuel savings, approach with vertical guidance at runways, significant cost savings due to withdrawal of ground aids and reduced workload of flight crew and Air Traffic Controllers.
GAGAN will provide augmentation service for GPS over the country, Bay of Bengal, South East Asia and Middle East expanding up to Africa.

Aviation Ministry to Discuss Airport & Ground Handling[High]Charges

[New Delhi]Civil Aviation Ministry to Discuss Issues Like Airport and Ground Handling[High] Charges,Next Week
Civil Aviation Ministry has convened a meeting of business aircraft and chopper operators next week to discuss issues being faced by the industry, particularly the airport and ground handling charges,
The meeting, which is likely to be chaired by the civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey, would have representatives from the Business Aircraft Operators’ Association (BAOA) and Rotary Wing Society of India (RSWI), they said.
Chairpersons of Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) have also been invited to the meeting, sources said.
“The government is quite keen to address the issues confronting the general aviation and helicopter segment. The meeting called on July 14 aims at looking at things such as airport and other charges, which are quite high and make the business unviable,”
According to government data, the domestic helicopter industry has seen a decline in growth in the recent years.
As per Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) records using as a yardstick the number of helicopters registered in the country, the industry was showing a slow growth, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma had informed Parliament in March.
As against a total of 35 helicopters registered in 2010, the number came down to 20 in 2011 and 16 in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, a total of 23 helicopters were registered, 12 of them last year.
Business Aircraft Operators’ Association (BAOA) has already mandated Dubai-based Martin Consulting to conduct a comprehensive study of the business and general aviation segments including the growth potential, infrastructure requirements and challenges.
The segment leaders are of the view that general aviation suffers a major perception problem leading to apathy that has resulted in non-existence of a separate policy framework, punitive taxations and lack of infrastructural support.The study would map the real dynamics of the segment, identify challenges that are affecting its growth while bringing out a list of immediate imperatives and long-term recommendations in order to give a fillip.

AAI Presents143 Crores Dividend[13-14] to Indian Civil Aviation Minister

[New Delhi]AAI Presents 143 Crores Dividend to Union Minister of Civil Aviation
The Union Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju received a cheque amounting to Rs. 143 crores as final dividend for the year 2013-14 from Shri R.K. Srivastava, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) in New Delhi today.
The AAI declared a dividend of Rs 288 crore for the year 2013-14. An Interim dividend cheque amounting to Rs 145 crore was already presented to the Ministry of Civil Aviation on August 4, 2014.
Shri R. N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
Photo Caption
The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati receiving final dividend for the year 2013-14 from the Chairman, Airports Authority of India, Shri R.K. Srivastava, in New Delhi on July 02, 2015.
The Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri R.N. Choubey and other senior officers are also seen.