CAPA India Aviation & Airport Summit

Delhi, India
12-14 Feb 2019

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Chairman's Welcome
Setting India on course to be an aviation powerhouse

The Minister will outline the key initiatives implemented by the Government of India to create a successful and sustainable aviation sector which facilitates business, trade and tourism and drives economic development.

Government of India, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Hon. Jayant Sinha

Coffee Break

CAPA Advisory & Research Exclusive: Prospects for the MRO industry in India

Despite the potential advantage of a relatively lower cost base and a large pool of engineering graduates, India has yet to develop a strong in-country aircraft maintenance sector, with most heavy checks going offshore. This presentation will identify the key challenges related to critical mass, skills and taxation and outline recommendations to retain more maintenance activity in India. 

CAPA Advisory & Research Exclusive: India aircraft finance & leasing outlook

With close to USD50 billion of aircraft on order to Indian carriers, this presentation will outline the key issues associated with financing and leasing planned deliveries over the next decade. 

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Executive Panel: Financing India’s 1000 aircraft order book

India has the world’s third largest aircraft order book. Issues to be discussed in this panel include the appetite to finance and lease aircraft in India; the availability of sale-and-leaseback financing; the country’s risk rating; the impact of the proposed enactment of the Cape Town Convention; and the prospects for India-domiciled lessors.  

  • Air Lease Corporation, Executive Vice President, Kishore Korde
  • Watson Farley Williams, Partner, Oliver Tebbit
  • Nordic Aviation Capital, VP Marketing, Bruno Benveniste-Profichet

CAPA Advisory & Research Exclusive: Pilot and manpower forecasts

With some aircraft deliveries already being deferred due to a shortage of pilots, the availability of skills – be it pilots, engineers, cabin crew, air traffic controllers, regulators or white-collar management - could act as a potential constraint on the growth prospects for the Indian market. How many resources will the industry need and where will they be educated and trained?  

CAPA Advisory & Research Exclusive: Unlocking the potential of inbound tourism

India receives around 17 million annual inbound visitors, but the vast majority are visiting friends and relatives. Only around 15% are leisure tourists, representing a significantly smaller number than received by competing destinations. Based on CAPA’s India Inbound Tourism Report, this presentation will outline the steps required to unlock the economic potential of the market.   

CAPA Advisory & Research Exclusive: Route development strategies in India

This presentation will deliver key learnings from CAPA India’s extensive experience in developing business cases for air services to/from and within India. In such a nascent market, historical data does not provide a useful guide to the future. Instead an out-of-the-box approach to segmentation, product development and destination promotion can create significant new traffic flows.
13:50 CAPA Advisory & Research Exclusive: Prospects for Long Haul LCCs
Executive Panel: Opportunities for international LCC services
Having become the dominant model on domestic routes, Indian LCCs are now looking at aggressively expanding their international footprints. They are likely to be joined by more foreign LCCs, including long haul operators. What are the growth prospects; will long haul low cost succeed in India; how much of an impact does new engine technology have on route viability; and what are the opportunities for destinations and airports?
  • Gold Coast Airport, International Business Development Manager, Michael Curtis
  • IndiGo, CCO, Willy Boulter
  • Skyscanner, Commercial Director Asia Pacific, Gavin Harris
Keynote Presentation: The changing landscape of airline distribution in India
VP Asia Pacific, Chris Ramm
Executive Panel: The changing landscape of airline distribution in India
Moderator: Travelport, Chris Ramm, VP Asia Pacific
  • Air India, Executive Director Commercial, Meenakshi Mallik
  • Cleartrip, President & COO, Samyukth Sridharan
  • IndiGo, Chief Commercial Officer, Willy Boulter
  • Jet Airways, SVP Network & Revenue Management, Raj Sivakumar

Coffee Break


CAPA’s advisory and research experts will be available for an open Q&A forum for delegates to ask about critical issues in the industry.


Close of Day 2 sessions

Pre-Dinner Drinks (all delegates welcome)

Networking Dinner (all delegates welcome)


Close of Day 2