The Indian aviation industry is booming. The government plans to privatize up to 35 airports and build 100 more by 2024. The Indian Airport Authority announced investments in the billions. Reason enough for GATE to strengthen its presence and commitment on the Asian subcontinent in the interest of its member companies. The inclusion of IndiAirport in the German government's foreign trade fair program fits in with this. On the Indian side, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the patron of the fair. The marketing concept is aimed specifically at Indian airport authorities and the growing number of private operating companies.
In order to make contact with decision-makers around the world, international airport trade shows are a fixed date in GATE's calendar. The association also focuses in particular on the growing markets in Asia and Africa. "It wasn't just yesterday that we set our sights on India as an important market. After all, civil aviation is one of the country's fastest growing industries," comments Jens Reinhard, managing director of GATE.
According to current studies, India is expected to become the third largest market in the industry by 2024. In the next ten years, the country is even expected to overtake China and the USA. „We are delighted to have the opportunity to rebuild our presence and commitment on the ground," Reinhard summarizes.
Now that funding has been approved by the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA), planning has begun for the first IndiAirport, which will be held at the India Expo Centre Mart in Noida from November 22 to 24, 2022.
"We are expecting a total of 3,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors," reports Stefan Kresse, Managing Director of IFWexpo Heidelberg GmbH, which is responsible for organizing IndiAirport. He further announces that there will be a German Day with a panel discussion where the German industry can get in direct contact with the Indian airport authorities. "We are sure that the new show will be a great success with our partners from Germany" says Sanyal Desai, CEO Radeecal Communications and organizer of the new fair.
Numerous members of GATE have already expressed their interest in participating.
"We are pleased to be able to present ourselves together with GATE at the first IndiAirport. In addition to the size of the Indian market, the speed of development and appetite for innovation is also of particular importance. Both the regulators and the airports as core customers are extremely progressive and ambitious in their thinking. "Harald Jentsch, Head of Airports & Baggage Screening + Head of Air Cargo Screening at Smith Detection.