7-Aug-2013 1:09 PM

Sydney Airport sees huge opportunity in Indian travel market

Australia's Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) India is a “huge opportunity for us” with 40 million outbound Indian travellers at present forecast to increase to 100 million travellers by 2020. India is expected to become the world's most populous country by 2028. At present, there are no direct Sydney-India services in operation, so the market is being served via Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East, although this will soon change. Indian national traffic is increasing at double digit rates, with 280,000 Indian passengers at the airport in 2012. Sydney Airport is "very excited" about the launch of direct Delhi-Sydney service by Air India, due to commence on 29-Aug-2013. Air India will operate Delhi-Sydney-Melbourne triangular service four times weekly and Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney triangular service three times weekly.