General Information

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation - the Government of India (GOI), in partnership with the U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program, will host the 6th biennial U.S.-India Aviation Summit, May 9-11, 2018, at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India. The Summit will bring together senior representatives from the public and private sectors of India and the U.S. to bolster long-term strategic and commercial aviation cooperation, led by activities under the USTDA-sponsored U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP).

As the world’s ninth largest aviation market, valued at $16 billion per year, India’s civil aviation sector maintains a high growth trajectory, poised to be the third largest market globally by 2020 and, potentially, the largest by 2030. 

Faced with this growing demand, in 2016, the GOI launched the country’s first National Civil Aviation Policy, which lays out plans for modernizing existing airports, developing new facilities, and attracting greater investment in India’s aviation sector. As part of these plans, India’s civil aviation sector is working to implement infrastructure improvements. Currently, passenger traffic demand is growing faster than airport capacity and by 2025, most of India’s large cities may require a second airport, and Mumbai may need a third airport by 2030. To keep up with demand, India’s airport capacity would need to grow by 90 million passengers annually.

The Summit will offer a technical, policy, and commercial forum to assist India civil aviation agencies and aviation industry representatives, including private sector airlines and airport operators, to identify advanced U.S. technologies and practices that can support their expansion and modernization efforts. The event will also outline new project opportunities for U.S. companies.

The Summit will begin with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, May 9, and conclude at 16:30 on Friday, May 11. All events will be held at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India.

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is organizing the Summit on behalf of USTDA. Contact Spencer Dickerson, AAAE, in the United States for further details at +1 703.578.2511 or sdickerson@aaae.org.  
 
Who Should Attend?

This event will provide business executives an edge in developing new working relationships with India’s civil aviation leaders. U.S. companies will have an unparalleled opportunity to network with the key decision-makers leading India’s aviation modernization overhaul. A number of senior India and U.S. government officials, airport and air carrier executives, and airport operators also will participate in the Summit.

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