Bringing Together Leaders of Aviation

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January 16, 2018

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In order to bring together airport industry professionals, the 7th Modern Airport Asia Series – India Edition (2017) – Airport India Summit was organised on October 25, 2017 in New Delhi by Escom Events.

In an attempt to lay the groundwork for exchanging views and ideas to contribute towards the fast-growing Asia-Pacific civil aviation market and the rising requirement for new airports, Asia Modern Airports was initiated in Melbourne, Australia in 2014 and is one of Asia’s top 10 airport-focused events.

Combining conferences, small-scale exhibitions, and one-on-one private meetings, it assembles government officials, airport authorities, airport groups, investors, developers, consulting firms, designers, associations, integrators and suppliers, to discuss the rapid growth of the Asia-Pacific civil aviation market and the surge in demand for the new generation of airports.

Spearheaded by south-east Asia and China, air transportation in Asia grows phenomenally, and passenger growth surpasses 10 percent year after year. As various Asian countries are confronted with the challenge of inadequate airport infrastructures and ageing facilities, Asia Modern Airports serve more than 1,200 airport professionals, over 80 exhibitors, and deliver presentations and panel discussions, to discuss these issues.

India edition of the Modern Airport Asia Series Summit 2017 was organised on October 25, in New Delhi by Escom Events. The event witnessed participation of various aviation industry professionals including Air India, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), Chennai International Airport, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai), Delhi International Airport (P) Limited, GMR Airports, KPMG, and others.

Focussing on green, smart and passenger-friendly airports for passengers, the experts discussed key developments and expansion plans at various Indian airports, air traffic trends in India, and airport security and modernisation, amongst other concerns.

“One of the significant differentiators among new developments is the facility that will clear the way for planes to fly on different routes apart from the conventional navigation. It makes use of the GPS system but it is augmented using Indian technology and the satellites to facilitate this are flown by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It gives redundancy for signals and is not fully GPS operated. Progressively, it is mandated by the regulator for all carriers to have it on board by 2021, which will definitely help to improve the navigation system in the country,” Arunachalam, general manager, daily operations, BIAL, told AIBM.

Airports across the world are increasingly focussing on utilising technology and new design concepts to transfer facilities into green, smart, and passenger-friendly transportation hub that benefit the operator, attracting airlines, boosting retailing performance and providing pleasant travel experiences for passengers. Hence, the Airport India Summit brought together leaders and thinkers across the globe to address the trends, challenges, and solutions for airports of tomorrow.

In India, massive upgrades of major airports have been undertaken and AAI has identified around 50 locations for greenfield airports to be developed by 2020. The total required investment for airport infrastructure is estimated to reach INR 3,772.75 billion by 2032 and this creates numerous opportunities for consultants, suppliers and airport operators.



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