Posted by: travelasiapress | April 6, 2011

6th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly

New Delhi, India April 05, 2011: The Airports Authority of India and Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) are playing host for the 6th Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition, which began in New Delhi today. Over 500 airport executives and business partners from across the Asia Pacific region are participating in this event which is being held for the first time in India.

The conference, “Aviation Business Strategies – Meeting of Minds” will be held from April 5- 8, 2011 at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi. The event will see the participation from the chief representatives of some of the world’s best airports including eminent professionals and consultants. These distinguished speakers will share with the participants their views on a wide range of aviation-related issues including Airport Financing Models and Privatization, Aviation Security, Quality of Human Capital and Business Environment of the Future.

Airports Council International (ACI) is the only worldwide association of airports. Established in 1991, ACI represents interests of over 1600 airports around the world. ACI aims to foster cooperation among its member airports and with other partners in the world of aviation, including governmental, airlines and other international organizations such as ICAO. ACI Asia-Pacific regional office, the organizer of the conference, is based in Hong Kong and it represents the interests of 95 members, operating over 480 airports around the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. V.P.Agrawal Chairman, Airports Authority of India, was happy to note that the initiative taken by AAI by bidding and staking claim to host the event has ultimately seen the light of the day. Mr. Agrawal opined that it was indeed a proud moment for us i.e. along with DIAL to host the event for the first time ever in our country, especially since AAI being the mainstay of Civil Aviation in India. AAI has successfully faced the challenge upfront which had since emerged with the unprecedented growth that was witnessed by the aviation sector. We not only embarked upon an ambitious plan of modernizing / upgradation of 58 airports and CNS-ATM systems but also, ensured that culmination of this humongous task would get manifested in India getting world class airports and airspace management system.. Chairman AAI, welcomed friends from ACI, ACI Asia-Pacific & from the world’s best airports to this Assembly. He had not an iota of doubt that all the delegates would return with warm memories of their stay in Delhi in particular and the trip to India in general.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. P.S. Nair, CEO Corporate, GMR Airports said, “This is the ideal time to host such a prestigious event in Delhi, as our Terminal 3 is ready and all geared up to welcome senior airport professionals from across the Asia Pacific. T3 will showcase India’s ability to develop airports of truly international standards. T3 today symbolizes the resurgence of Indian aviation in the global scenario, and we see our vision for developing a passenger and cargo hub at Delhi, being realized in the not too distant future. We welcome senior leaders of the world’s best airports to this Assembly, and are sure that they will take back with them warm memories of their stay in Delhi.”

At the press conference held today Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, President, ACI Asia-Pacific and Managing Director, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, said, “I would like to express our special thanks to our hosts for bringing us to New Delhi, a fascinating city in one of the world’s greatest civilizations and for providing us tremendous support to ACI Asia-Pacific in organizing this event. We are very excited to be in this part of the world where fast growing air traffic is creating many opportunities for us. With the many Greenfield airports being built and airport expansion plans being undertaken in India and other parts of the Asia-Pacific, ACI is ready to take on the challenge to serve the fast growing airport community and the travelling public in India. We will remain committed to advancing the collective interests of the world’s airports and promote professional excellence in airport management and operations.”

The highlight of this Conference, the ACI ASQ Awards Ceremony will be held at the Gala Dinner on Thursday, April 7, 2011, where the Best Airports for 2010 will be honoured. GMR’s Hyderabad airport (GHIAL) will receive the Award for being the World’s Number 1 airport in its category of 5-15 million passengers per annum. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has also been rated as the 4th Best in the 25-40 million passengers per annum category.

About Airports Council International: Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports whose prime purpose is to represent the interests of airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations. ACI Asia-Pacific, one of the five ACI regions, is based in Hong Kong and represents the interest of 95 members who operate over 480 airports in the Asia-Pacific Region which spans the Middle East, former CIS States, the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, Northeast and Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii.

About AAI: Airports Authority of India (AAI) ever since its inception i.e. 01 April,1995 has been the leader in building airport infrastructure across the length & breath of this vast country with diverse cultures & terrains, which included remote far flung corners both on main land & islands. AAI manages 115 airports including 23 Civil Enclaves & also provides CNS-ATM facilities / services at 11 other i.e. non AAI airports. AAI is also responsible for managing the entire Indian airspace measuring 2.8 million nautical sq. miles which covers the Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea, as designated by ICAO. Modernization of Chennai / Kolkata airports along with another 58 airports has been undertaken. The other 58 airports include 35 non-metro airports & 23 airports in the 3 tier cities of our country. In area of CNS-ATM, AAI has taken up & drawn Master Plan for implementation of FANS (Future Air Navigation System), it also includes Modern Radar coverage with ADS-B Multilateration, transiting from both Voice Communication & Ground Based Navigation to Digital Communication & Satellite Based Navigation i.e. GAGAN (Indian SBAS) respectively. GAGAN, satellite navigation system launched by AAI is the 4th such system in the world after USA, Europe and Japan..Also on the anvil is Integrated ATM Automation Network, SWIM (System Wide Information Management) & Separation Management System.

About DIAL: Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) is a joint venture company; comprising the GMR Group, Airports Authority of India, Fraport and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. DIAL is working towards the modernization and restructuring of the Delhi Airport. The project being developed by DIAL under Public Private Partnership has been given the mandate to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the Delhi Airport for 30 years with an option to extend it by another 30 years.


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