New Delhi, India: 2nd India Civil Aviation Week Airport & Airline 2008 Expo held in March 2008 brought together 146 participants from 18 countries and 3352 trade visitors. The 3-day international conference focusing on The Civil Aviation Industry in India: The Road Ahead attracted 41 leading speakers and 516 delegates.
The event was inaugurated by Shri Praful Patel, Hon’ble Minister for Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. In his inaugural address, Shri Patel remarked. It is the need of the hour that we bring in more participation in this fast-growing and vital sector. India’s aviation is now acknowledged world-wide as one of the fastest growing in the world. And of course, there is huge potential ahead for us in a country of 1.1 billion people.
AA 08 Expo showcased the latest in airports & airlines, general aviation, aircraft interiors, air cargo & logistics and maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) services products, services and technologies aimed at improving the quality and ease of air travel in India.
The Who’s Who of the Indian civil aviation industry including the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Club One Air, Deccan Aviation, GATI, GMR Group, Kingfisher Airlines, Safexpress and many others were present at the event. There was also a significant international presence at the event with sizeable delegations from New Zealand – Partner Country to the event and Manitoba an aviation hub in Canada. Other important displays were from the UK and France. Many international players are keen to penetrate the Indian aviation market, which is currently one of the fastest growing markets in the world.
A CEO Round Table on Aviation was organized in conjunction with Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading consultancy firms in India and NDTV Profit, a leading business news channel in India. The panel discussion was inaugurated by Shri Ashok Chawla, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. Shri Chawla participated in the panel discussion along with other leading names in the aviation industry including Mr. B.S. Shantharaju, CEO, Delhi International Airport Ltd., Mr. Manav Singh, CEO and Managing Director, Club One Air and Mr. Kapil Kaul, CEO, Centre for Asia Pacifiic Aviation. The panel discussion was an interesting blend of perspectives from policy makers as well as industry majors from the fields of business aviation, airport development, aircraft financing etc.
The event was supported by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Airports Authority of India and a host of leading international associations like the International Business Aviation Council and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The Airports Authority of India showcased its plans for modernizing 35 non-metro airports across the country at the event. The Delhi International Airport Ltd. and the Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. were Partner Airports to the event. In fact, the latter showcased the brand new world-class Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Ltd. which was officially dedicated to the nation just days before the event.
The 3rd India Civil Aviation Week will be held in New Delhi during August 2009 bringing key participants in the aviation industry under one roof to explore new opportunities for the progress of India’s growing civil aviation sector.
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