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Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to fill nearly 2,100 posts across segments by 2016-17 as it looks to increase manpower for various projects. In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the recruitment drive by AAI is to augment its manpower for timely completion of various development projects at several airports. AAI has commenced the recruitment drive to fill 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, he said. To a query on whether retired employees of AAI have been re-employed on contract basis, the minister replied in the affirmative. "AAI has re-employed 35 consultants on contract basis," he added. 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", he noted. 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.
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