Event Date/Time: May 28, 2008
Over the last 5 years, Indiaâ€™s airline sector has altered radically since the first low cost carrier, Air Deccan launched in August 2003. Having expanded at growth rates of over 20% over the last 5 years, growing from circa 40m passengers p.a. to over 110m p.a., served by a number of new entrants engaging in the market, this is clearly a market that is one of the most exciting in the world.
What is holding it back is again the issue of infrastructure itself, and within the aviation sector that is the role of airports. With most of the Indiaâ€™s airports outdated and inadequate they are the main limiting factor for the further expansion and growth of the airline sector.
In response to this issue the government has undertaken a $51bn modernisation programme of Indiaâ€™s airports which is the second largest airport redevelopment programme in the world. And it has created Vision 2020 which aims to build 500 world class airports by 2020 outstripping most other countries.
The main focus of this event is to bring together senior international and domestic executives in one place to unearth and discuss the key top level opportunities and challenges facing the Indian aviation sector. The next step is to then identify solutions and solution makers who can have Vision 2020 become a reality.
Both the airport construction and airline sectors are very important and have huge growth potential behind them. We will cover both sectors equally over the two conference days (airlines and airport construction) and there is also potential to have 2 half day workshops covering key issues in both sectors separately.
Potential Top Issues:
Macroeconomic update of how the global economic market is impacting the aviation sector.
Microeconomic analysis of the aviation sector itself and more specifically Indiaâ€™s aviation sector (e.g. the facts so far, the Governmentâ€™s 2020 Vision etc)
Case studies and interviews from leading low cost carriers and airport management / development companies of how the India sector is shaping up e.g. Kingfisher, Air Deccan, Jet Airways, GMR, GVK, DIAL, BIAL etc
Financing and investment: evaluating the various options available for Indiaâ€™s aviation industry
Understanding investors attitude to investing in airport infrastructure â€“ what makes them tick?
PPP and its role in helping the Government achieve its ambitious targets
Metro vs. Non-Metro: examining the importance of Tier II and III cities to the overall aviation map
Regulatory and economic update: why further legal and tax liberalisation is crucial for getting off the ground
Airport Cities: assessing how master planning and forward planning are crucial for economic development