NEW DELHI, INDIA, 23-24 JUNE 2011 – Currently only 2% of India’s population uses airplanes as a means of travel. With its expanding middle class, India knows that it is inevitable that air travel will increase, and is therefore investing heavily in airport expansion.
The India Airport Summit took place in the Hilton Hotel Janakpuri, New Delhi, India and featured the most prominent industry leaders and government officials from across the globe who engaged in informative and inspiring discussions pertaining to India’s current needs and their ambitious future
Following the opening speech from the Chairman, day one began with keynote speaker, Mr. G.K. Chaukiyal, Member (Operations) & Board Member, Airport Authority of India (AAI) . He spoke about the tremendous growth potential and mentioned other key factors that will influence air travel growth. These include, increasing private spending (60% of India’s GDP), strong service and IT sector, and last but not least the fast moving manufacturing sector in India. He also said that AAI have made and are going to make major development plans where AAI’s budget on capital projects amounts to Rs. 12,434 crore. In terms of new Greenfield airports, he said that the Government of India has approved 14 Greenfield airports. Finishing off, he mentioned that opportunities for the development of airports includes the MRO sector, ground handling industry, air cargo sector, non-aeronautical revenue, and IT enhancements. His speech was shortly followed by another keynote speaker, Mr. David M. Rollo, Assistant Director (Asia Pacific) – Safety, Operations & Infrastructure, who gave a perfect overview of Asian airports, touching on some key airports in Asia. He gave a good comparison between Asian airports compared to Indian airports showing major growth potential. Furthermore, he mentioned about the growth problems that have been faced and will be faced by airports development in India namely: annual growth rates unpredictability, connectivity issues, lack of adequate infrastructure, lack of IT solutions and recognition of benefits, passenger processing systems, congestion and retail obstructions and inexperienced management. “Good event for networking and latest insight on the aviation sector”Datacard
In the afternoon of day one, Mr. Ansgar Sickert, Managing Director of Fraport India presented solutions for airport congestion, giving his views on Brownfield and Greenfield airports. He stated that there are pros and cons in both airport developments depending on the location, and reason. Besides giving a comparison between Greenfield and Brownfield, he also touched on private sector players; what players such as Fraport themselves offer to Brownfield developments and lastly mentioning the role of LCCs in developing tier II and tier III city airports. Mr. Sickert’s presentation was very well received as it gave the audience the perspective of a foreign player in the Indian market. “Good piece of information pertaining to airports especially on the development of airports in India” Track India
Day two began with Mr. Soma Vijayakumar, Chief Transportation Engineer for The City & Industrial Development, a keynote speaker at the summit who gave an exciting overview of Greenfield airports in the Navi Mumbai International Airport. Later on in day Mr. Daniel Bircher,Director of Operations of Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) took to the podium to speak on the expansion of Bangalore International Airport. Both the speakers gave the audience a great insight and comparison between building new developments and also expanding airport developments. “It was a nice event to know more about the aviation sector and latest equipments & facilities” AAI
New innovations at the summit was presented by Dallmeier, Mr. Craig Graham brought their new Panomera CCTV. The new Panomera allows huge widths, as well as areas with large distances to be displayed with a completely new quality of up to 51 mega pixels sensory resolution. It uses it mega pixels in such a way that even objects that are farther away can be displayed with the same resolution as objects in the foreground of the picture. The operator has the choice to choose between overview image and detailed view, it does not matter which section of a surveillance area an operator focuses on at any time, because Panomera always records the entire scene. It is thus possible to later reconstruct any event for use as evidence in court, regardless of where it took place, and to recognize all persons involved. “Well organized and very informative on the current and future situation of the market. A bit of an eye opener” Dallmeier
Noppen would like to give special thanks and appreciation to our Strategic Advisor, India Aviation Consulting and Support for their time, assistance, and relentless support that made this event a success. Also, to all the excellent speakers at the event who came from reputed companies such Airports Authority of India, International Air Transport Association, Delhi International Airport Limited, Fraport India, Leighton Welspun Contractors, Dublin Airport Authority, Cochin International Airport Limited, HOK, TCR International, The City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd., Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Legrand, Bangalore International Airport Limited, Mott MacDonald, Tyco, Data Card(Biometrics Institute), Dallmeier and India Aviation Consulting & Support.
Also, Noppen would like to thank India Airport Summit sponsors who helped make it a successful event, Dallmeier, HOK, Legrand, TCR, Leighton, Vectra Glosec, Aesys, Clean India Group, Tyco, Q-Soft, Al Fahad, SIS, SERCO, and India Aviation Consulting & Support."