India and France signed a Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation programme in civil aviation sector.
To strengthen Indo-French cooperation on transport, Alain Vidalies, French Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries visited India on April 11-13, 2017. In the presence of P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation of India and Vidalies, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) was signed to further the active technical cooperation programme between the two countries. Providing for exchanges of officials and the sharing of technical know-how, the agreement will be beneficial for the long-term enhancement of skills and expertise.
The MoU was signed by Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, and AK Dutta, Member (ANS) of the Airports Authority of India.
Originally initiated in 2010, the renewal of the Indo-French cooperation agreement under this MoU comes at a crucial time when the Indian aviation industry is booming, requiring a highly skilled workforce. Several teams of Indian officials have already visited Toulouse and Paris, in France, under this technical cooperation programme.
This MoU is also beneficial for imparting training of engineers, technicians, managers etc. In a reflection of the rich and decades-old history of active collaboration, recently a new Master’s programme in Airport Management was conducted jointly by French and Indian training institutes in Hyderabad. The third intake of Indian students for this course has just started, taking the total number of trainees to over 100.
AAI manages a total of 125 airports, which include 11 international airports, 8 customs airports, 81 domestic airports and 25 civil enclaves at defence airfields. AAI also provides Air Traffic Management Services (ATMS) over the entire Indian airspace and adjoining oceanic areas with ground installations at all airports and 25 other locations to ensure the safety of aircraft operations.