Hyderabad, 13th March 2016. Countdown to India Aviation 2016 has begun.  India plans to be a global aviation hub and one of the top 3 aviation markets worldwide by 2020. By 2020, passenger traffic at India Airport is expected to increase to 450 million from 159.3 million in 2012-2013. With the Draft Civil Aviation Policy having been released, the objective of which is  to provide safe, secure, affordable and sustainable air travel with smooth access to various parts of India and the world, India Aviation promises to be win-win for all stake holders.

The five day biennial civil aviation show will kick off on 16th. It will be formally inaugurated by  Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, on 16th March at 3pm, in the presence of E.S. Lakshmi Narsimhan, Honorable of Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.  K. Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana,  Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, Chief Minister of AP and Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India. Also present will be R. N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviations, Govt of India and Mr. Harshavardhan  Neotia, President,  FICCI.

 Following the inauguration there will be a Flying display by Mark Jefferies from UK. Theme of this year’s show is “Indian Civil Aviation Sector: Potential As Global Manufacturing & MRO Hub”. India Aviation Show 2016 is India’s largest and globally acknowledged event on Civil Aviation informed Anil Srivastava, Joint Secretary Civil Aviation.

 India is on the journey to become the third largest aviation market in the world by 2020 after USA and China. India is one the fastest growing aviation markets and currently the ninth largest civil aviation market in the world. More than 85 international airlines operate to India and 5 Indian carriers connect over 40 countries. India is one of the least penetrated air markets in the world with 0.04 trips per capita per annum as compared to 0.3 of China and more than 2 in the USA.

 The civil aviation industry is on a high growth path. It has registered an impressive growth of 13% & 10% CAGR for passenger & cargo throughput respectively for the period FY 2003-2013. The aviation sector is experiencing dramatic growth across the board owing to opening up of the airport infrastructure to private sector participation; growth in business & leisure travel; increase in inflows of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); emergence of LCCs / new carriers; large-scale investments in the airport infrastructure; and growth in air-cargo industry.

 The aviation sector is likely to see investments totaling USD 12.1 billion during 12th Five Year Plan, out of which USD 9.3 billion is expected to come from the private sector. 200 low-cost airports are planned to be built in the next 20 years to connect tier-II and tire-III cities. USD 1.3 billion is planned to be spent on non-metro projects during 2013-17 mainly focusing on the modernization and up gradation of airports, Anil Srivastava added.

 Speaking on the highlights of the India Aviation show this year, Anil Srivasatava said more than 200 major participants are expected to take part in the show.  Leading  Aircrafts, Helicopter Manufacturers like Boeing, Airbus, Textron, Embraer, Gulfstream. Dassault, Agusta Westland, Bell Helicopters, Russian Helicopters, Airbus Helicopters will also take part in the show. Some well known engine manufacturers- CFM, UTC, GE Aviation, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney will showcase their products and expertise

 29 Aircrafts ranging from small business jets to big aircrafts will be on display.  Some of these include B777 by Air India, Dornier by HAL, TAC-003 by Thrust Aircraft Co., MI-172 by Pawan Hans, A 350 by Qatar Airways; A0330-300 by Air Asia; Legacy 500, 650, Phenom 200(Busienss Jet) and 300(Business Jet) by Embraer, B-787 by Etihad, A 380 by Emirates, DA-40 NG and 43 NG by Tribhawan Technology, Falcon 7X by Dassault Aviation, King Air 350i. Grand Caravan and Citation II(business jet) by Textron Aviation; Bell 439 by Bell; August 109 SP by Augusta Helicopters; g-150, 650 by Gulfstream; Extra 330C(four Aerobatic aircrafts) by Mark Jefferies; A 320 Neo by India and Airbus Helicopters.

 A 320 Neo is just made its debut in India, the first eco-friendly Aircraft built by European aircraft major Airbus. Which was just delivered to budget carrier IndiGo will be on display. IndiGo is also the first airline among Asian airlines to have inducted the latest aircraft from Airbus. The A320 Neo fleet is said to set a benchmark by significantly reducing the impact on environment and lead the way to a more sustainable mode of flying, Airbus claims it to be fuel efficient by 15 per cent. 

 Some of the exhibitors include Dassault Aviation, Embraer Executive Aircraft, Emirates, Govt of A.P, Gujarat, MP, Telangana, Karnataka, GVK, High Commission of Canada, HAL, ISRO, Jet Airways, Gulfstream, OSS Management FZE, Qatar Airways, Texton, Air India, Air New Zealand Aviation Institute, Air Asia, Airbus, Airport Authority of India, Bird Excecujet Airport Services, Boeing Company, Business Aircrafts Operators Association, Chanakya Aerospace, Czech Aerospace Training Academy, Deccan Charters Pvt. Ltd, ECIL, FAG Aerospace GmbH, German Gulf Aviation Services, GMR, Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation Ltd, Mesco Aerospace Ltd, National Aerospace Laboratory, Netherlands Business Support Office, Pawan Hans Ltd, Sikorsky Aircraft, Skyblue Aero, SRK Aviacom, Tata Advanced Systems, Turbo Aviaton Pvt. Ltd, Wings Indian, US India ACP and others.

 More than 200 exhibitors from 12 countries will be participating in the event. There are 200 stalls, 14 chalets with 20,000 sq. mts. area for the event. There will be demonstration flights, business center, lounge and other facilities.  The aviation show includes Conference, CEO’s Forum, Exhibition, Flying & Static Display of Aircrafts, B2B Meetings, etc

 A one day conference on Indian Civil Aviation Sector: Potential as Global Manufacturing Hub will be held on 17th March at the Begumpet Airport. The Conference on Civil Aviation sector will focus on policy issues and business aspects will be held concurrent to the exhibition. Eminent speakers, policy makers and experts will address the conference.

 Considering the success of CEO Forum held during India Aviation 2016,   yet again a platform  is provided to CEOs of leading companies of Aviation Sector for an interactive session with the Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju

 India Aviation 2016 is supported by Air India, Airports Authority of India, Director General Civil Aviation, Pawan Hans, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Fornborough International, SP Guide Publications, Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries and Business Aircraft Operators Association.

 The Overseas Associate for the Show is Farnborough International Ltd, The host state is Telangana.