Aviation Sector Current Affairs

CISF launches mobile app for lost items at airports

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has launched its lost and found mobile applcation for passengers at 59 airports across India. It can be downloaded from the website of Ministry of Information and Technology. The CISF guards 59 civil airports across the country.

Key Facts

The app offers three facilities – lost and found items at airports, tracking complaints or request status and technical consultancy in security, and fire services. Its main advantage is to help passengers to directly register complaints and get status of their complaint immediately from airports under its security cover. It can also be used to place a request for obtaining technical consultancy provided by force. The app will allow passengers to upload information on lost articles along with their travel details. It will provide passengers alert when the lost article is found.

Background

The CISF had launched ‘Lost and Found’ scheme on its website in 2015 to trace and restore items and valuables left behind by the commuters at airports. It was able to restore property worth Rs. 50.05 crore (2017) and Rs. 5.49 crore (till March 2018) to passengers with the help of the website.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

The CISF is a central armed police force under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs. It was initially established under the Central Industrial Security Force Act, 1968 to protect major PSUs.However, it was converted to an armed force with a larger ambit under an amendment to the Act in 1983.

Now, CISF provides security to industrial ventures and establishments, VIPs and engages in disaster management amongst others. It also has a Fire Wing to response to fire emergencies/accidents. With force larger than 1,65,000 it is the largest security force in the world.

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IATA partners with Civil Aviation Ministry and National Aviation University

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and National Aviation University (NAU) to enhance human resource availability in India’s aviation industry.

Key Facts

The three parties to the MoU formalised this partnership on sidelines of Wings India 2018 held in Hyderabad, Telangana. Under the agreement, signatory institutions will leverage existing infrastructure for training in India to expand reach of vocational training in aviation disciplines. It also provides for developing closer academic cooperation between IATA and National Aviation University.

India is expected to be third largest aviation market in the world behind China and US by 2024. It is forecasted to grow to a market size of 480 million passengers in 2036. This partnership will help contribute to human resource capacity building for India.

Wings India 2018

It was international exhibition and conference on civil aviation sector hosted from March 8-10, 2018 at the Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad. It provided forum for rapidly changing dynamics of aviation sector. It was jointly organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India (AAI). Its theme was ‘India – Global Aviation Hub’. It hosted numerous conferences focusing on aviation policy issues and business aspects with eminent speakers, policy makers and experts.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

  • IATA is trade association of the world’s airlines. It was established in April 1945 and is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • It supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. Its mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry.
  • It comprises 278 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries under its ambit. IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 83% of total aviation traffic across the world.

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