GMR Aviation Academy adjudged as the Regional Training Centre of Excellence by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
New Delhi, April 9, 2015: GMR Aviation Academy (AA) the aviation-skills development arm of GMR Group today announced that it has been recognized as the Regional Training Centre of Excellence (RTCE) by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The Academy is the only one of its kind in India to have been conferred with the “Regional Training Centre of Excellence” (RTCE) stature by ICAO and as “Global Training Hub” by the ACI.

Dr Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge) Culture & Tourism and Minister of State Civil Aviation graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge) Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Minister of State Parliamentary Affairs was the Guest of Honour.

The academy was established at Rajiv Gandhi Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad in 2009, with the objective of providing professional training and enhancing the knowledge and skills of GMR Airports’ personnel. Today GMR AA offers 3-6 months certificate programs, ICAO membership programmes and several other coveted modules for the aviation aspirants.

The programmes have the accreditation from the world renowned international organisations such as Airport Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) of India with focus on Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr Srinivas Bommidala, Business Chairman-Airports, GMR Group said, “Our aim is to nurture talent to enrich and enlarge cutting edge knowledge and skills required for Human Capital Development. Our focus is to create new knowledge through research, applying the same through consultancy and disseminating it by conducting need based training programs. The GMR Aviation Academy will be a Centre of Excellence in perpetuity for developing world class professionals for Aviation and related segments of industry. We envision India to propel among the top five Civil Aviation markets in the world. We can proudly call the GMR Aviation Academy a Think Tank for Human Capital Development not just for GMR Airports but for the entire aviation industry.”

The academy allows networking with the best-in-class aviation academies and professional bodies around the world. This enables learning from collective wisdom and meet expectations of customers and stakeholders. It offers comprehensive package of training and development programmes across all functions to bridge the current and emerging competency gaps.

About GMR Aviation Academy

GMR Aviation Academy (GMR AA) was established at the state-of-the-art Rajiv Gandhi Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad in 2009, with the objective of providing professional training and enhancing the knowledge and skills of GMR Airports’ personnel. Over the years, it has emerged as a global gateway for Aviation learning in India for not only GMR’s own personnel; but also for the people of its peers and allied agencies in India and abroad with a full-fledged unit in Delhi too. The Academy conducts training programmes accredited by Airport Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) of India with focus on Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. GMR AA has also been conducting training programmes in niche areas like "Economics of Airport management" in collaboration with the like of Cranfield University (UK). GMR AA is recognized by ICAO, ACI, IATA, DGCA and BCAS of India. The Academy is the only one of its kind in India to have been conferred with the “Regional Training Centre of Excellence” (RTCE) stature by ICAO and as “Global Training Hub” by the ACI.

About GMR Infrastructure Limited:

GMR Infrastructure Ltd is a Bangalore headquartered Infrastructure group with interests in Airports, Energy, Highways and Urban Infrastructure sectors. It has successfully employed the public-private partnership model to build a portfolio of high quality assets. The Company has 15 Power generation assets of which 8 are operational and 7 are under various stages of development. In the Highways sector the Group is operating 9 assets (including 2 in which the Group holds minority interest) across the country. In the Airports sector, the Company operates India’s busiest airport, the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, where it has built a brand new integrated terminal T3. It has also developed and commissioned the Greenfield international airport at Hyderabad as a gateway to south and central India. The Group has taken over the Mactan-Cebu International Airport project in the Philippines for renovation, operation and maintenance with a concession period of 25 years. GMR Group is also committed to social development initiatives and executes these through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation which carries out work in 24 locations.

GMR Infrastructure Limited is proposing, subject to market conditions and other considerations, a rights issue of its equity shares and has filed a Draft Letter of Offer with SEBI and the Stock Exchanges. The Draft Letter of Offer is available on the website of SEBI at www.sebi.gov.in and the website of the Lead Managers at www.jmfl.com, www.axiscapital.co.in, www.icicisecurities.com and www.sbicaps.com. Investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk and are requested to refer to the section titled “Risk Factors” of the Draft Letter of Offer for details of the same.

For further details, please contact:

Yuvraj Mehta
Group Head-Corporate communications
GMR Group
Email:yuvraj.mehta@gmrgroup.in

Saptarshi Sanyal
Head– Corporate Communications
DIAL
Email: saptarshi.sanyal@gmrgroup.in