- Appropriate Infrastructure on ground paramount to a better sky travel
By Surabhi S
Bangalore. 18 August 2018. There is rapid development that is taking place in terms of technology and even the people. Everyone wants things to be swift, better and easy and this includes the airport and air travel experience. Traicon Events hosted its 2nd annual airport modernization summit where the aviation sector bore witness to the new inventions and massive strides.
The two-day summit started off with a talk from Cochin International airport senior manager, Dominic Fernandaz, who spoke about Profitable and sustainable airports and Cochin International airports which is paving way for development. Cochin airport which is world’s first fully solar-powered airport is planning for an expansion to terminal 4 by the year 2025.
Javed Malik, Chief Operating officer, Bengaluru International Airport limited gave insight about Digi Yatra, an initiative to make flying simpler for passengers with only the use of mobile phones and Aadhar card. He concluded with details about the changes in the offing at the BIAL airport by the year-end.
With a huge growth in the number of Airlines, India as a country needs to develop and expand its airports to handle an additional 500-600 million passengers by 2030. The 55 new airports that are estimated to be required by 2030 will need 150,000 to 200,000 acres of land to be allocated for their development. All of this will require USD36-45 billion of investment keeping in mind that the government will provide the land at a subsidized rate.
The session continued with a panel Discussion which included Nandita Bhatt, Manvi Hooda, Javed Malik, Daniel Goh, and Dominic Fernandaz, moderated by Gurumukh Singh Bawa. The panel discussed about building sustainable smart and iconic airports of the future. The panel also discussed about queues which are inevitable in an airport, how the structure of the airport plays a huge hand in the smooth running of queues.
Goutam Mukherjee, director business development, SITA, spoke about the evolving airport experience with the help of technology. Manvi Hooda, Senior Manager and practice lead, CAPA, give a talk about CAPA India Outlook for airport capacity in India.
The second day of the summit began with a presentation by R V Sheshan, Chief executive officer, GMR Goa International Airport Ltd. spoke about the planning development and implementation of GMR Goa International Airport. Sheshan spoke about the plans to expand the Goa airport and converting it into an international airport.