The Airport Expansion Indian Congress (AEIC) 2007, a two-day event that was organized by naseba, held at the Hyatt Regency in Mumbai from November 25, 2007, saw aviation experts from all over India, stressing on the need to upgrade India’s airport infrastructure to match international standards. Each of them presented their case-studies on the subject. “India’s aviation industry is soaring high and there is a need to put the infrastructure in place,” said Andrew Harrison, Chief Operating Officer, Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), who gave a presentation on ‘Shaping the Design for the Future – Vision 2010’.

Development of airports on the basis of Public Private Partnership (PPP) module was also highlighted. “Today, India is the second fastest growing passenger market in the world and there is an urgent need to refurbish airports. Although this poses as a great challenge, it also has the potential to create opportunities at large,” stated Gordon Griffiths, Assistant Director (Airport Development – Asia Pacific), International Air Transport Association (IATA), while presenting a case study on ‘Opportunities and Challenges of Indian Aviation.’
KN Shrivastava, Joint Secretary General, Ministry of Civil Aviation, spoke on the ‘Current State and Future of Indian Airports’, while Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir gave an insight on ‘Airlines’ perspective on Airport Development in India.’ The event was attended by officials from the Airport Authority of India; Mumbai International Airport Ltd.; Delhi International Airport Ltd.; Cochin International Airport Ltd.; Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad; Bangalore International Airport Ltd.; Federation of Indian Airlines, SITA, IATA; GoAir; Malaysia Airports Holdings; Ernst And Young; Munich International Airport and Australia-based Aconex.
The event, organised by Monaco-based Naseba, a global business information company, is held in different countries every year and came to India for the first time. Speaking about the event, Prachi Dawar, Airport Excpansion Congress, Event Producer, Naseba, said, “The idea was to have a platform that focuses on knowledge expansion, networking and most importantly, maximising business opportunities. With the immense response that the AEIC received, we are considering making it an annual feature.”

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