The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is enhancing connectivity in different regions of the country by showcasing 29 metro and non-metro airports for domestic and international airlines at the World Routes Development Forum in Chicago.

AAI officials have already held discussions with global airline and airport representatives and informed them about the upgrades being undertaken.

The airports being showcased by the authority are Amritsar, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow, Leh, Srinagar, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Gaya, Kolkata, Port Blair, Ranchi, Raipur, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Indore, Goa, Pune, Surat, Chennai, Coimbatore, Calicut, Madurai, Mangalore, Trivandrum, Trichy and Visakhapatnam.

The authority has also entered into an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for developing an aviation security equipment testing and evaluation programme.

As a part of this agreement, AAI and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security will collaborate to outline specifications, standards and testing procedures adhering to Indian standards of aviation security. These specifications would be aligned with international best practices for security equipments like passenger and baggage scanners, computed tomography X-ray explosive detection system and body scanners.

"AAI officials have already informed global airline and airport representatives about the upgrades being undertaken."

While AAI has identified 50 budget airports across the country for development and modernisation, only 29 are being showcased at the conference.

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The Press Trust of India quoted an AAI spokesperson as saying that the state-run airports body has been playing a key role in implementing the government’s focus on development of airport infrastructure in Tier-II and III cities and building budget airports.

AAI officials also informed foreign airlines and airports officials that they will soon start work on five airports at Teju (Arunachal Pradesh), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Hubli and Belgaum (Karnataka) and Kishangarh (Rajasthan).

The annual World Routes event is a platform for different organisations, including airlines and airports, to meet, plan and conduct business for new international routes.

Image: AAI has presented 29 airports at the World Routes Development Forum to enhance international connectivity. Photo: courtesy of Idea go/freedigitalphotos.net