A meeting was held between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Department of International Trade, British High Commission at AAI’s Corporate Headquarters on 31 st October, 2018. The meeting was attended by UK Airports Delegation comprising companies of UK Airport Trade Associations, British Aviation Group (BAG) and British Airport Services and Equipment Association (BASEA). Delegates present were from various services and product organizations such as AiQ, Atkins, Bechtel, Chapman Taylor, CHS Engineering, Foster + Partners, Gate Technologies, GATIC, Grimshaw, Hoare Lea, ICF, Ipsotek, IndigoVision, Mace, Kingspan Jindal, Pascall+Watson, NATS, Zoeftig, Turner & Townsend.
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI who highlighted the phenomenal growth of Indian Aviation market and stated that India’s overall aviation market is expected to reach 3 rd position by 2020. Domestic aviation passenger traffic is growing at over 20% per year and comes among the top 5 fastest growing among the global aviation fraternity. India’s Regional Connectivity plan is budgeted and aims to revitalize 160 airports and airstrips. During the meeting, AAI presented a detailed action plan which generated a lot of interest within various business entities present. The UK Airports Mission delegation led by Mr. Mathew Butters, held discussions which included an interactive session also with the UK companies who showed keen interest in partnering for development and growth in Indian Aviation.
Mr. Anil Gupta, Executive Director (Land Management & Business Development), AAI envisaged about opportunities to the visiting delegates for investments in the various fields of Indian Aviation Market. The meeting ended with a positive note where Chairman, AAI invited UK companies to take part actively in Global Aviation Summit 2019 to be held in January 2019.