New India’s Airport Authority Chairman

Mr Vijai Agrawal (pictured) has replaced Mr Kannayan Ramalingam as Chairman of the Airports Authority of India.  Born on June 2, 1955, Mr Agrawal holds Master of Engineering (Power Electronics and Electrical Drives) and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degrees.  Before taking over as Chairman, he served as Member (Planning) in the AAI for over two years.  He was associated with upgrading and creating world-class infrastructure at 35 non-metro airports and modernization of Chennai and Kolkata airports.  He was also involved with the setting up of Greenfield airports in the country including the provision of modern CNS / ATM systems.  Mr Agrawal was also associated with the prestigious Geo-Aided GPS Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) Project and the introduction of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Procedures, as well as implementation of modern CNS / ATM Systems, at Delhi and Mumbai Airports.  Despite the global economic downturn and its effect on the civil aviation industry, the AAI is planning to expand and modernize many airports across the country over the next 5 years, as well as opening several new airports.