The staff requirement is expected to rise as per AAI’s new capex plan and with more low-cost airports in the offing.
State-owned Airports Authority of India has geared up for increased hiring after a gap of nearly five years, in line with its expansion plans. AAI is set to hire around 1,200 people by the end of this year across functions, such as air traffic control, corporate affairs, as well as the legal and technical departments.
AAI chairman, Guruprasad Mohapatra, recently shared with the media that the recruitment drive is to keep up with the growth of the organisation and intend to add around 1,200 employees this year.
The current staff strength of the Authority, which has training centres for its employees in Delhi, Allahabad, Gondia, Hyderabad and Kolkata, is around 18,000. It has 125 airports across the country, of which about 95 are operational, with 71 having scheduled commercial operations.
The Authority that has lined up a capex of Rs 17,500 crore to be spent by 2019, will see an increased requirement of manpower as it implements this capital expenditure plan and builds more low-cost airports in India.
AAI has already hired around 800 air traffic control personnel in the last two years, while 400 more such recruitments are in the pipeline. The hiring process is expected to continue in the next financial year as well.
The organisation is in the process of developing 50 no-frills airports across the country and starting operations on several of its unserved and underserved airports. The Union Budget for 2016-17 states that these 50 airports will be built at a cost of around Rs 50-100 crore each.