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Indira Gandhi International Airport
Passenger Delight has been one single goal for us at IGIA that has helped us shape our company, our services, goals and all that we stand for today. The same will chart a course for us in the future as well. We wish to take some of the best ideas in the airport business and make it a reality for passengers at the New Delhi International Airport - creating immense possibilities that await you and us.
Read on to know more about us, our partners and awards and recognition.
In January 2006, the consortium was awarded the concession to operate, manage and develop the IGI Airport following an international competitive bidding process. The GMR-led Consortium signed the Operations, Management and Development Agreement (OMDA) on April 4, 2006 with the AAI. The initial term of the concession period is 30 years extendable by another 30 years.

Besides upgrading the existing terminals, DIAL commissioned a new runway 11-29 at IGI Airport on September 25, 2008. It also commissioned the new domestic departure terminal - 1D (T1D) on 26th February, 2009.

Terminal 3 (T3) has a modern 5 level in-line baggage handling system to eliminate baggage X-ray prior to check in, spacious security hold area with extensive F&B and retail facilities, special contact zone for passengers with special needs and baggage handling area on a separate level allowing greater space for passenger amenities.

In March 2010, DIAL has completed the construction of integrated passenger terminal (Terminal 3) marking the completion of the first phase of development. IGIA is now capable of handling 62 million passengers per annum (MPPA).

The airport infrastructure will be enhanced further based on passenger demand and market needs. Terminals and runway capacity will be added in a modular manner to form a ‘U’ shaped complex with an ultimate design capacity of 100 million passengers per annum.

Mr. GM Rao, a mechanical engineer, is the Founder Chairman of the GMR Group, the Bangalore based global infrastructure developer.

Born in Rajam in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh in India, GM Rao ventured into business starting with a single jute mill in 1978. Since then, till before India’s economic liberalization, circumstances compelled him for opportunity driven business building.

He entered 28 businesses as a serial entrepreneur and exited most of them with the opportunities thrown up by the opening up of the Indian economy in the early 1990s. As a part of the post-liberalization generation of entrepreneurs, his moves became entirely strategy driven and focused on long term objectives. Eventually, his single-minded focus on the core infrastructure sector resulted in GMR Group exiting some of the highly attractive businesses of banking, insurance, software, breweries, jute and sugar.

In his long journey, GM Rao evolved from a student leader, to a trader, to a manufacturer, to a banker, to an infrastructure developer.

Over the last 3 decades he has successfully established GMR Group, as one of the most recognized brands in the country, creating national infrastructure assets of global scale and world-class quality, creating new benchmarks. The Group is now well diversified and professionally managed infrastructure developer with focus on Airports, Energy, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure including SEZs.

While business grew rapidly, GM Rao laid special emphasis on long term prosperity by focusing on institution building as well. The GMR Group Vision states “GMR Group will be an institution in perpetuity that will build entrepreneurial organizations making a difference to society through creation of value.” A set of seven core Values & Beliefs was arrived at, to define the GMR Group’s distinct organization culture. This was further strengthened by a Code of Conduct for all employees, emphasizing on ethical and professional behaviour.

Rao believes that “Family must be run like Business and Business must be run like Family”. He made the pioneering effort in formulating a Family Constitution taking expert opinion from world renowned consultants. This is now formalized into a legal document, with all immediate family members including spouses as signatories.

He says “Strong family governance ensures strong corporate governance”. He believes that this will ensure a smooth transition of business from generation to generation, and at the same time, enable professionals to discharge their rightful roles in the growth and development of the Group.

GM Rao’s vision in 3 dimensions of business building, institution building and family governance had a 4th dimension built into it, that of giving back to society. This, he started very early on, in his career. Eventually, he set up an independent, professionally run, company, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, to channelize funds for social causes for the benefit of the under-served in society. Today, the Foundation is active in 25 locations in India and Nepal and its 4 areas of activity are education, healthcare, livelihood and community development and it has received wide national recognition for its impact in the sections of society it serves.

To ensure that his legacy lives on beyond his lifetime, he made an endowment of the entire portion of his personal wealth to the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation in March 2011.

He was conferred with the honorary Doctor of Laws by York University, Toronto, Canada in 2011, the honorary Doctor of Letters by the Andhra University, India in 2010 and honorary Doctor of Letters by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India in 2005. He received the award for the ‘First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year’ from CNBC TV18 in 2009. In the same year, he received the Infrastructure Person of the Year award at the Infrastructure Journal Award Ceremony held in London. He was also chosen as the ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ at the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2006 – 07, apart from numerous other awards and public recognition throughout his career. He has been serving on the very prestigious Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) since 2011.

For his considerable achievements, he insists “All the credit goes to my GMR colleagues and my family for their understanding, shared vision, hard work and dedication”.

One of the first directors of the Group and has been a member of the Board since 1996, Srinivas Bommidala entered his family tobacco export business in 1982 and led the diversification into new businesses such as Aerated water bottling plants, etc. He was also in charge of international marketing and management of the organization.

Subsequently, he led the team as the Managing Director of GMR Power Corporation Limited for setting up the first Independent Power Project. Situated at Chennai in southern part of India this 200 MW project with slow speed diesel technology is the world’s largest diesel engine power plant under one roof. He was also instrumental in implementing the 388 MW combined cycle gas turbine power project in Andhra Pradesh.

When the Government of India decided to modernize and restructure New Delhi airport under a Public Private Partnership in 2006, he became the first Managing Director of this venture and successfully managed the transition process from a public owned entity to a public private partnership enterprise.

In 2007 he took over as the Chairman of Transportation & Highways Sector consisting of Transportation, Special Economic Zone at Kakinada - Andhra Pradesh and Krishnagiri in Tamilnadu , Construction, Commercial Property Development at Delhi & Hyderabad Airports/ Aerotropolis and other Group Properties Businesses. Also he was the Chairman of GMR Sports which owns Delhi Dare Devils as IPL Franchisee.

Recently Srinivas Bommidala took over as the Chairman – Airports, which consists of Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad), Mactan Cebu International Airport, Republic of Philippines. GMR today is among the top five airport developers in the world. He will continue to spearhead Commercial Property Development / Aerotropolis at New Delhi and Hyderabad airports.

Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi has significant experience in leading projects and businesses in the infrastructure space across sectors such as Airports, Transportation and in Corporate Functions.

As Corporate Chairman, his responsibilities include Group Finance, Corporate Strategy and GMR Sports. Currently, Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi is the Managing Director of GMR Infrastructure Ltd.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi served as the Business Chairman -Transportation & Highways.

Mr. Kiran Kumar Grandhi led the Group to become one of the top five private airport developers in the world and the largest in India. He was also instrumental in bagging two very critical international projects for the Group - Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SGIA), Istanbul, Turkey and Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), Maldives.

In India, Kiran led the development (from bid to commissioning) of India's first PPP based Greenfield Airport project at Hyderabad.

Kiran also spearheaded the development of the landmark, T3 project at Delhi International Airport. The project is one of the fastest built terminals in the world when compared to projects of similar scale - Heathrow (T5), Madrid, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. The modernization of Delhi Airport is one of the most critical milestones for the Indian aviation in the past decade, the benefits of which are being reaped by passenger, airlines and economy at large.

Kiran's association with GMR Group goes back to 1996, when entered the family business. During his early days as the Group’s Director, Kiran spearheaded many strategic projects and forged partnerships that became vital in transforming GMR Group into a leading infrastructure power-house in India.

Mr. G.B.S. Raju entered the family business, GMR Group, in 1996 at the age of 22. Through these years, he has held key portfolios in various GMR Group companies. His proactive, personalized approach to the business and competitive spirit have helped towards the growth of the Group and its various businesses.

Initially he played a crucial role in shaping the overall strategy and positioning of the organisation. He then took on the development and implementation of various projects of the Group. He was instrumental in installing India’s first and the world’s largest floating barge mounted power plant - GMR Energy Ltd., Mangalore, now moved to Kakinada. He successfully steered the Group’s foray into the Roads Business and the Group is now one of the leading road developers in the country. Mr. Raju, as Group CFO, also led the Group through GMR Infrastructure’s maiden IPO in 2006. He successfully led one of the largest QIPs in the infrastructure space in the years 2007 & 2010. The Group was guided by his strategic vision in building major projects like, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul and a power project in Jurong island in Singapore.

Mr. Raju is currently Chairman – Energy. In this role, he is responsible for the Energy Business both within India and globally. He is also one of the Group Directors of GMR Infrastructure Limited and a member of the Group Holding Board, the apex decision making body of the Group.

Mr. K Narayana Rao is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant, Company Secretary and Management Accountant. He has over 28 years of experience and for the last 9 years has been working with GMR Group. Earlier he was Managing Director of GMR Industries Limited. He has rich experience in dealing with various Banks, Financial institutions, and Government agencies. He is a member in the Managing Committee of ASSOCHAM, FICCI, Indian Sugar Mills Association, South India Sugar Mills Association and AP Distillery Association.
Mr. G. Subba Rao is a Commerce Graduate and a Chartered Accountant. He has wide experience at senior level in Public Sector and Private Sector Banks. Previously, he was Board Secretary of a Nationalised Bank.
Mr. R.S.S.L.N. Bhaskarudu is a graduate Electrical Engineer from the College of Engineering, Andhra University. Mr.Bhaskarudu is an Independent Director of GMR Infrastructure Limited (Holding Company). He has over 45 years of experi-ence with proven track record in management and leadership positions. He served more than twenty one years at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). During his tenure in BHEL, he was involved in the development and production of turbine generator sets, including auxiliaries all over the country. He also worked for over 16 years with Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL) from its inception. He served as the Managing Director of MUL. He also served as a Member / Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board of the Government of India.
Mr. N.C. Sarabeswaran is a Chartered Accountant and the Founding partner of M/s Jagannathan & Sarabeswaran, Chartered Accountants, an Audit Firm with 40 years standing. He renders advisory services to various corporate clients. He was Nominee Director of Reserve Bank of India and later professional and Independent Director on the Board of Vysya Bank Limited, the predecessor of ING Vysya Bank Limited for 13 years. He was Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of Management and Joint Venture Committees. He was the past President of Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce. He is an Advisory Board member of a US and Australian Private Equity Fund. An Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit committee of the largest Micro Finance Company in Tamil Nadu.
Mr. Suresh Goyal is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund, which is one of the largest infrastructure funds in India with a corpus of $ 1.20 billion. His role involves developing and implementing the overall strategy for the Fund.
Prior to joining SBI Macquarie, he was with Leighton International, a pre-eminent construction and mining company, operating in South East Asia, India and Middle East. There he set up Investments & Acquisitions group and led group’s initiatives in PPP/BOT business across the region.
Prior to that, Mr. Suresh Goyal was with Lazard and HSBC in Investment Banking advising clients in India in bidding for Projects, cross-border merger & acquisitions, and fund raisings.
Ms. Gargi Kaul is an officer of the Indian Audit & Account Service, 1984 Batch. She joined Ministry of Civil Aviation on 23rd March 2015 as Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor. Prior to this assignment she served in Bhubaneswar, Odisha as Principal Accountant General. She worked in different capacities in Central Govt. Office / Departments and overseas assignments. She is also Board Member of Air India Ltd, Pawan Hans Ltd. All the subordinate offices of the Ministry, i.e. Airport Authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Pawan Hans Ltd and Indira Gandhi Rastriya Udaan Academy report to Ministry in respect of Financial matters. She has worked in various capacities in the Government and has rich and varied experience.
Mr. S. Suresh has taken over as the Member (Finance) on the Board of Airports Authority of India (AAI) from 1st August, 2012.
Suresh has done B.Com and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He is also having a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications.
He has vast experience of 31 years of working in various Government Offices and Public Sector Undertakings like Ministry of Defence, NTPC, Bharat Wagons & Engineering (A subsidiary of Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam Ltd) including AAI.
Suresh joined AAI in the year 1993 as Sr. Manager (F&A) at Hyderabad airport and was instrumental in setting up the first Self accounting Unit at the station. He got promoted as Deputy Director (F&A) in 1997 and was posted as In-charge of Finance in Northern Region.
He took over as the first General Manager (F&A) of North Eastern Region in 2003 at Guwahati. Considering the requirement of the region he created the first net work based application for finance in the region. After a short stint of 1 ½ years in the commercial department at CHQ, he was promoted as Executive Director (F&A) in 2011. As ED Finance he took major steps to improve the cash flow management and bring in systemic improvements in the method of borrowing from the market.
Besides Finance he has special interest in the ICT field. He was instrumental in designing, development and implementation of various computer system based programmes for automising the various functions of Finance.
He was instrumental in implementing web based applications for finance in the northern region. Presently he is heading the steering committee of the team to develop and implement the ERP system for finance and HR functions on pan India basis.
Ms. V. Siva Kameswari is a Chartered Accountant having more than 24 years of experience comprising of management consultancy and industry experience. Her sector experience includes automotive, light & heavy engineering, process industries such as chemicals, petrochemicals, life sciences, cement, FMCG, financial services, infrastructure; hospitality, IT/ ITES and retail. She has significant experience in the areas of Business Strategy, Corporate Planning, Performance Improvement, Activity Based Costing, Supply Chain, Strategic Cost reduction, IT strategy and Implementation. At present, she is an independent management consultant and also offers financial advisory services as part of her portfolio (from November 2008 till date).
  • In her previous employment with Mastek Limited (February 2008 to October 2008), she was heading the acquisitions and integration in the Information Technology sector;
  • As a partner with Amrop International (from April 2006 to June 2007), she has led cross border searches for several leadership positions;
  • She has worked as the Group Head for Business Improvement, Strategy and IT for the RPG Group, a USD 5 Billion Group from June 2004 to March 2006;
  • She has worked with KPMG Consulting as Executive Director from December 1996 to September 2003, prior to which she was working with A.F. Ferguson & Co from April 1993 to November 1996;
She has worked with Ashok Leyland (September 1989 to March 1993) in the Corporate Budgets and Consolidation department for nearly 4 years. She has also worked in the areas of Corporate Planning for the Company.
Mr. Matthias Engler is an alternate director to Ms. Denitza Weizmantel.
Engler holds a German University degree (equivalent to M. Sc. Degree) in Business Administration / Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Presently, he is working as Senior Project Manager with Fraport AG’s Global Investments & Management department and he is also the Managing Director of Fraport AG Project Office Delhi.
During his 17 years in the aviation business with Fraport AG, he was working for the Fraport AG Aviation Ground Services department, the Special Projects department and now the Global Investments & Management department and gained extensive experience in project management, airport operation and airport planning.
Engler also has international exposure with respect to airport privatization projects and airport master planning in Asia and Europe.
Mr. A. K. Dutta has taken over the charge of Member (Air Navigation Services) on 1st October, 2015 on the board of Airports Authority of India. Prior to his appointment as Member (ANS), he has served in Airport Authority of India in various capacities, as Executive Director (Air Traffic Management), as General Manager Air Traffic Services, as Senior Instructor in the Civil Aviation Training College (CATC), as Air Traffic Controller in International ATC Centres and as Aerodrome Incharge at major airports. In the span of three decades after being selected by UPSC as Aerodrome officer in 1985, he has gained wide experience in the field of Air Navigation Services, Airport operations and management.
He has been mainly responsible for implementation Programme of Air Traffic Flow Management, Management of Air Traffic Services, development of Aeronautical Survey and Cartography Cell. He has played a key role in the formation of the informal group of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean (BOBASIO) States to ensure the harmonization among Asia Pacific States. He was also responsible for the establishment of Research and Development wing of Air Navigation Services. One of his main contributions has been in the formulation of Air Navigation Strategic Plan 2020 for India.
He has organized and delivered multiple training courses for ICAO on Air Traffic Management, currently he is serving as a member of India – EU Aviation Programme and is a focal point of AAI for CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization).
Prior to joining AAI, he has served in Indian Metrological Department (IMD) for 5 years.
Ms. Denitza Weizmantel joined Fraport as Project Director in the Global Investments & Management team in January 2015. In this role, she was primarily responsible for the re-organisation and integration of Aerodrome Ljubljana into Fraport Group. Furthermore, she managed business development projects at Fraport’s US subsidiary Airmall and M&A activities in Western Europe.
Prior to joining Fraport, Denitza Weismantel worked in a boutique consultancy and assisted renowned retail companies with developing and implementing growth and internationalisation strategies as well as with managing change. Between 2000 and 2010 she worked in the Transactions Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) leading corporate valuation, transactions management and strategy projects in different countries and industries. She ran an international network of transactions experts aimed at cross-country business development and significantly contributed to establishing a specialized Retail & Consumer team within the firm’s German Transactions Practice.
Denitza Weismantel holds degrees in business administration from the University in Frankfurt and in Banking and Finance from the University of Wales, Bangor.
IGIA has a list of achievements to its credit when it comes to Service & Quality offered at its airport terminals. Here are a few highlights:

World No. 1 Airport on Airport Service Quality by Airports Council International

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been ranked the world’s best airport by Airport Council International’s (ACI) on Airport Service Quality (ASQ). It received this prestigious rating for airports in the 25-40 million passengers category for the year 2014 after holding the number 2 spot for three consecutive years . Beginning with a meagre score of 3.02 on 5 point scale in 2007 where it was ranked # 101 out of 125 participating airports, IGIA has made rapid strides in transforming the experience of passengers flying in and out of Delhi Airport and within a span of a few years has emerged as the No. 1 Airport in its category. ACI is world renowned body of global airports. The ASQ awards rank top performing airports in the annual ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger survey.

Golden Peacock National Quality Award

IGIA received the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock National Quality Award’ 2015 for their concerted effort in building a culture of Total Quality across IGI Airport.

Skytrax Awards 2015

IGIA received 2 prestigious awards at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015. Delhi Airport was adjudged as the best airport in Central Asia / India region. The second award was attributed to the airport staff which was named the best in the same region.

LEED India Gold Rating

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) India rating system is licensed by US-GBC to the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings. Terminal 3 (T3) has been awarded green building “LEED INDIA GOLD” rating from IGBC thereby making it one of the largest Green Buildings in the world.

British Construction Industry Award

Delhi Airport’s Terminal 3 won the British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) for the Best International Project in 2010.

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GMR Group is a Bangalore headquartered global infrastructure major with interests in Airports, Energy, Transportation and Urban Infrastructure (including SEZ). Founded in 1978, by its Chairman G.M. Rao, the Group has grown into a well diversified and professionally managed organisation. Employing the public-private partnership model, the Group has successfully implemented several infrastructure projects and is in the process of developing several others, both in India and abroad
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Airports Authority of India is responsible for the provision of airport infrastructure, airport maintenance and air traffic control services in India. AAI is constituted under the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994 and is responsible for civil airports and civil passenger enclaves at defence airports
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Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide is a global airport operator that offers comprehensive airport management services including terminal and traffic management, baggage and cargo handling, aviation ground handling, aviation security and consulting. It operates airports in Germany, Turkey & Peru. Its flagship Frankfurt Main Airport is ranked amongst the top 10 airports in the world.
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