Who’s Who of Indian Aviation to attend LCC Symposium in Mumbai


(MUMBAI: 24 August 2005) Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation is

pleased to announce it is hosting India's premier aviation event in 2005

- The Second Annual Indian Subcontinent Low Cost Airline Symposium in Mumbai

on 6-7 October. The Symposium will be attended by delegates of every start-up

airline in India, plus the key full service carriers from India and the Middle

East, as well as top aviation officials and airport CEOs from across the region.

  • Key Points:
  • The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation is hosting the Second Annual Indian Subcontinent Low Cost Airline Symposium in Mumbai on 6-7 October 2005.
  • The Symposium will bring together delegates from start-up airlines, full-service carriers, aviation officials, and airport CEOs from India, the Middle East, and the region.
  • The Symposium will cover various topics including aviation policy, market competition, financing growth, human resources, airport infrastructure, distribution innovations, and implications for tourism growth.
  • High-profile speakers confirmed for the event include Tony Fernandes (CEO of AirAsia), Mumtaz Khan (Chairman and CEO of Emerging Markets Partnership), Captain Gopinath (Managing Director of Air Deccan), Jeh Wadia (Managing Director of GoAir), David Huttner (former Head of Strategy at Virgin Blue Airlines), and Peter Hill (CEO of SriLankan Airlines).
  • The Symposium aims to provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss the rapidly developing low-cost airline industry in the region and exchange ideas and experiences.
  • The event has already attracted sponsorship from companies like Boeing Commercial Airplanes and The Financial Express, and delegate passes are expected to sell out soon.

This year's Symposium will be held at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai and follows the success of the inaugural Symposium in New Delhi last year, which attracted 300 delegates and numerous high profile international speakers. Since then, developments in the low cost airline sector in the region have continued at a dramatic rate, with significant implications across the aviation and tourism industries.

The Centre's Managing Director, Peter Harbison, stated, "India's aviation sector has made headlines around the world with the huge aircraft orders placed at the Paris Air Show. Liberalisation, strong economic growth and the introduction of the low cost model have been key drivers of this development, in India and the Middle East. This Symposium is a very timely opportunity to discuss the outlook for one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the world".

The Symposium will cover many aspects of the industry, including:

  • Direction of aviation policy;
  • Market competition and sustainability;
  • Financing the growth;
  • Availability of human resource
  • Trends in airport infrastructure, including new low cost terminals;
  • Innovations in distribution; and
  • Implications for the growth of tourism.

High profile speakers from a diverse range of organisations are already confirmed:

  • Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, an airline that has become almost synonymous with the development of low cost carriers in Asia, will present his airline's operating model and provide his thoughts on the outlook for low cost airlines in India;
  • Mumtaz Khan, the Chairman and CEO of one of the founding investors in AirAsia, Emerging Markets Partnership (Bahrain), a division of the Islamic Development Bank, will join a panel to discuss the evaluation of investment opportunities in low cost airlines;
  • Captain Gopinath, Managing Director of India's first and largest low cost airline, Air Deccan, which introduced the concept into the market and which has subsequently revolutionised domestic travel in India, will speak about where the industry goes next;
  • Jeh Wadia, Managing Director of GoAir, a start-up carrier planning to launch operations later in 2005 will present the carrier's entry strategy and outline why the promoter of the airline, the Wadia Group, one of India's leading corporate houses, sees opportunity in the aviation sector;
  • David Huttner, former Head of Strategy at Virgin Blue Airlines in Australia, will address how carriers should manage customer expectations in difficult situations.
  • Peter Hill, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, which has recently emerged as one of the most successful carriers in South Asia, will join this discussion, with a number of other key operators due to confirm their participation shortly.
  • CEOs from Air Arabia and start-ups, Jazeera Airways from Kuwait and Al-Tayyar will also be participating as part of the speaker programme.

"When we held our inaugural event last year, the low cost airline industry was still in its infancy. It has developed at a fantastic pace since then and this will be the first opportunity for the key stakeholders to gather to discuss the issues which they face and exchange ideas and experiences. We are truly fortunate that we will have the opportunity to hear from such an outstanding line-up of speakers. The calibre of participants will ensure a fascinating event from which should emerge a clearer picture of the direction of the region's low cost industry in the year ahead", said Mr Harbison.

A number of high profile companies have already associated themselves with this landmark event, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes, The Financial Express, both at Platinum level, and Cendant Travel Distribution Services.

Delegate passes are expected to sell out soon!
Book online at centreforaviation.com/conferences

The Centre is also pleased to announce that Peanuts! The Low Cost Airline Weekly and The Monthly Essential India: Airports, Airlines & Tourism management reports will be official publications of the Symposium.

Special Package Offers: A number of special combination packages have been developed, allowing registered Symposium delegates to obtain big discounts on subscriptions to these publications. The special 'Tiffin Box' pass for example, named after one of the host city's icons, which combines a symposium pass with 12 month subscriptions to both "Peanuts!" and "Monthly Essential India", is available for a USD1,000 discount on the regular price, visit the Centre's website for more great offers!

Note to editors:

About Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation
Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (centreforaviation.com) is a specialist consultancy group focused on the aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region. It provides advisory and information services to airlines, airports, governments, regulatory agencies and suppliers. The Centre's headquarters is in Sydney, Australia, with regional offices in Singapore, New Delhi, Geneva, Vancouver and Manchester and representatives in Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Head Office, Sydney:
Derek Sadubin, General Manager
Aurora Place, Level 36, 88 Phillip St Sydney
PO Box N777, Grosvenor Place Sydney, NSW Australia 2000
Tel: +61 2 9241 3200
Fax: +61 2 9241 3400
Email: ds@centreforaviation.com

Southeast Asia Regional Office:
Alice Goh, Regional Director, Southeast Asia
Tel: +65 6227 1608
Fax: +65 6532 5643
Email: ag@centreforaviation.com

Indian Subcontinent and Middle East Office:
Kapil Kaul, CEO Indian Subcontinent & Middle East
Tel: +91-11-3090-1466
Fax: +91 11 2370 9154
Email: kk@centreforaviation.com

UK/Ireland Office:
David Bentley, Regional Manager, UK & Ireland
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 1706 881 560
Email: db@centreforaviation.com

North America Office:
Laura Strand, Regional Director, North America
Tel: +1 604 988 7518
Fax: +1 604 988 7505
Email: ls@centreforaviation.com

More information is available on the Centre's website

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