Airports Authority of India (AAI), the mainstay of Civil Aviation in the country, celebrated its 24th Annual Day on April 1, 2019. The Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi witnessed grandeur in its finest form. The Annual Day celebrations epitomised the outstanding achievements of the AAI employees who are vital cogs in the institution’s wheel. A revelry like this lays down the importance of celebrating accomplishments in life of those who truly deserve it by working day and night.
The evening saw power-packed performances by various artist that enthralled the audience with their renditions. The celebration kick-started with a Ganesh vandana (prayer) by the Zenith Dance Group followed by a soulful Sufi performance by the same group. The dance group concluded their act by grooving on Bollywood’s peppy tracks, compelling the audience to tap their feet.
The popular music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman and Band performed spectacularly and regaled the audience with their famous compositions. They started the performance with their famous Bollywood song Kurban hua from the film Kurbaan, which gripped the audience with excitement. The audience sang along and towards the end, the audience danced on their tunes as well. The heart-thumping music and singing by the duo made the crowd twirl in all admiration. They concluded their engaging performance by singing Chak-de, the title track of Chak-de! India as a tribute to the Indian soldiers.
Annual Day Eve
As per the tradition, AAI celebrated its 24th Annual Day Eve with Chairman’s Dinner and Award Night on March 31, 2019 organised at the AAI Officer’s Club. On this occasion, the accomplishments achieved by AAI employees were acknowledged by conferring awards in different categories.
Raipur (1st); Udaipur Airport (2nd) and Trichy International Airport (3rd) were also presented with awards for their brilliant performance in CSI Awards, based on Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI).
Chairman’s Excellence Award
Various accolades were presented under the Chairman’s Excellence Award –
- Swachh Bharat Award (Clean & Safe Airport Awards) – Two airports in three categories received the Swachh Bharat Award. The team leaders of Kolkata and Chennai Airport in Category A having annual passenger traffic of more than 5 million, Chandigarh and Mangaluru Airport in Category B having annual passenger traffic between 1.5 million and 5 million and Vadodara and Madurai in Category C having annual passenger traffic less than 1.5 million came out as the winners.
- The engineering team was awarded for development of Civil Enclave at Prayagraj Airport in a record time of 11 months.
- Total of 24 sports awards were distributed among the ones deserving.
- The Recruitment Cell Team was also awarded for carrying out excellent work during recruitment.
A breathtaking closure
The Annual Day Eve witnessed a delightful evening put together by the AAI employees themselves. The celebration included live singing and dancing that set the mood for the evening. The day ended with dinner post a cake cutting ceremony and Chairman’s interaction with the retired officers of AAI.
As they say, every good thing comes to an end, AAI’s Annual Day Carnival curtains were also drawn for the day leaving all with a renewed energy, looking forward to a delightful next year.