Modernisation of airports in time: AAI chief

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New Delhi, Mar 18 (UNI) Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman K Ramalingam today gave assurance that modernisation of airports, upgradation of air traffic services (ATS) and communications, and recruitment and training of air traffic controllers will be completed in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

''Rest assured. all work will be completed by 2010, and you will witness seachange in infrastructure, runways and terminals,'' Mr Ramalingam said at the three-day Airport and Airline 2008 Expo, inaugurated by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel during the 2nd Civil Aviation Week.

The AAI chief said the third runway at the Delhi airport would be completed by Delhi International Airport (Private) Limited (DIAL) by June, and operationalised in August-September this year after making it CAT-III compliant.

''We are working closely with DIAL. They have to build the infrastructure and we have to put the procedure in place,'' he added.

For the Chennai airport, he said AAI had finalised plans for its modernisation, and the work would start within two months.

He said the upgradation of Kolkata airport and the development of 35 non-metro airports would be also be done by 2010.

He said a roadmap for the modernisation of ATS and communication had also been prepared.

Admitting shortage of air traffic controllers, he said more were being recruited and given training within the country and abroad.

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