approximately 2,100 posts by 2016-17 in different cadres such as ATC (Air Traffic Control), CNS (Communication, navigation and surveillance, engineering, HR (human resources), finance, operations and planning, the minister informed. Replying another question on whether retired employees of AAI have been re-employed on contract basis, the minister said, "AAI has re-employed 35 consultants on contract basis.”
AAI is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India.
Airports Authority of India (AAI), a Miniratna PSU under the administrative control of Ministry of Civil Aviation, manages a total of 125 airports, which include 11 International airports, eight customs airports, 81 domestic airports and 25 civil enclaves at Defence Airfields. AAI also provides Air Traffic Management Services (ATMS) over entire Indian Air Space and adjoining oceanic areas with ground installations at all Airports and 25 other locations to ensure safety of Aircraft operations.
AAI has also entered into a Joint Venture at Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Nagpur Airports to upgrade these Airports and emulate the world standards.
The state-owned AAI manages 125 airports, including 11 international aerodromes, and also provides air traffic management services.
In a separate written reply, Sinha said AAI has undertaken work for expansion and modernisation of Chennai airport. The terminal building capacity is to be increased to 30 million passengers per annum, apart from having multi-level mechanised car parking to handle 2,000 cars, among other amenities. These works are "estimated to cost Rs 2,587 crore." Besides, AAI has started work for expansion of Rajahmundry airport in Andhra Pradesh for operation of wide- bodied aircraft there by May 2018. This is expected to entail a cost of Rs 181.45 crore. "The government of Andhra Pradesh has handed over 857.09 acres land free of cost to AAI for expansion of the airport," the minister said.