GMR Airport, ICI World ink pact for training centre

Written by fe Bureaus | Hyderabad | Updated: Nov 30 2009, 03:35am hrs
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) and Airports Council International (ACI World) of Geneva on Saturday signed an agreement to develop the GMR Aviation Academy as a global training hub for the Asia-Pacific region. Kiran Kumar Grandhi, business chairman, airports, GMR Group, and Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World, inked the deal in Hyderabad.

According to the pact, GMR academy will facilitate ACIs training opportunities that help develop managerial and operational standards, and spread knowledge of the best practices throughout the airports across the world.

Commenting on the occasion, P Sripathy, CEO, GHIAL, said, Considering that the other such training hubs in the Asia-Pacific region are located in Dubai, Incheon (South Korea) and Kuala Lumpur, the GMR Aviation Academy will provide an ideal training venue, not just for professionals from within the airports in India, but also for those from other Saarc countries.

Besides, with 12 new airports coming up, and a majority of the 126 existing ones operated by the Airports Authority of India to be upgraded, the demand for adequately trained airport staff, their suppliers and different service providers would go up substantially, he added.

The GMR Aviation Academy would provide the best professional training imparted by qualified ACI instructors, Sripathy said.

In a presentation, Forging a vision of sustainable aviation, Gittens said, Simply put, airports are capital intensive businesses highly dependent on economies of scale. Even during a downturn, airports have to invest to provide capacity for future and user charges might increase. I have noted that user charges in India are one of the lowest in the world. But the country has also lagged in providing capacity. Now that India is indeed providing the capacity airlines and the communities need, it is only natural that user charges will rise, at least in the short term.