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Expansion push: AAI to hire 1,200 people across various functions

Staff requirement would rise as AAI implements its capex plan and builds low cost airports

Written by Sunny Verma | New Delhi | Published: September 25, 2016 1:15:31 am

State-owned Airports Authority of India has stepped up hiring after a gap of nearly five years to support its expansion plans. The AAI is set to hire around 1,200 people by the end of this year across functions such as air traffic control, corporate affairs, legal and technical departments.

“We are hiring across functions to keep up with the growth of the organisation and plan to add around 1,200 employees this year,” AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told The Indian Express.

The current staff strength of the authority, which has training centres for its employees at Delhi, Allahabad, Gondia, Hyderabad and Kolkata, is around 18,000. It has 125 airports across the country of which about 95 are operational, with 71 having scheduled commercial operations.

The authority’s staff requirement would rise as it implements its capital expenditure plan and builds low cost airports in the country. It has lined up a capex of Rs 17,500 crore to be spent by 2019, most of which will be funded through external accruals while the authority may go to the market to raise resources in the last year of its capex cycle. The AAI earned revenues of Rs 10,824 crore in 2015-16, and profit before tax of Rs 3,697 crore.

The AAI is in process of developing 50 no-frills airports across the country and starting operations on a number of its unserved and underserved airports. The government has said in the Union Budget for 2016-17 that these 50 airports will be built at a cost of around Rs 50-100 crore each.

The authority has hired around 800 air traffic control personnel in the last two years while 400 more such hirings are in the pipeline. These are the first major ATC recruitment by the AAI since 2012 and address the security concerns, Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju had said earlier this month. Recruitments are expected to continue in the next financial year as well.

The AAI will also help in implementing the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) announced by the government in the National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016 in June. It has shortlisted 20 airport, including Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Warangal, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Jamnagar, Gwalior, Agra and Allahabad, which are suitable for implementing RCS. The government will cap fares on RCS routes at Rs 2,500 per hour of flight.

The Requirement

The aai is in process of developing 50 no-frills airports across the country and starting operations on a number of its unserved and underserved airports. The government has said in the Budget that these 50 airports will be built at a cost of around Rs 50-100 crore each.

The government has said in the Union Budget for 2016-17 that these 50 airports will be built at a cost of around Rs 50-100 crore each

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