Wings India 2020, the biennial civil aviation and aerospace event was organised on March 13 at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad. The event was organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation along with Airports Authority of India and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry). More than 100 exhibitors, over 20 states and over 500 delegates participated in the flagship event of Civil Aviation.
Mr K T Rama Rao, Minister for Industries & Commerce, IT, Electronics & Communications and Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Government of Telangana; Mr Malladi Krishna Rao, Health and Tourism Minister, Government of Puducherry; Ms Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation; Mr Arvind Singh, Chairman, Airports Authority of India; Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI and Mr Anand Stanley, Chairman FICCI inaugurated ‘Wings India 2020’ on the theme of ‘Flying For All’.
Speaking on this occasion Ms Usha Padhee said that India is poised to become the epicentre of growth for this sector. She added that Civil aviation is extremely important for any developing economy and every entity in the civil aviation ecosystem has to work in tandem, almost in perfect coordination to make sure air traffic is safe and secure. in her opinion,‘Wings India 2020’ is a platform for all stakeholders to come together to work towards ensuring the growth of the sector.
According to Dr Sangita Reddy, a scaled-down version of Wings India 2020 was conducted with only B2B conference & the public display was cancelled. “With necessary precautions of screening public with the scanners, hand sanitizers, distancing & the use of Namaste, we seem to be effectively showing the way of how one can conduct a safe conference and strike the right balance,” he pointed out.
FICCI-MoCA- Deloitte ‘UDAN 4.0+ knowledge paper on the changing landscape of Indian aviation sector under regional connectivity scheme’ was also released during the event. A panel discussion on ‘Capacity Building- Airlines and Airports’ was held which saw active participation of global CEO’s and industry experts.
The event consisted of Exhibitions, Conference, Roundtables, Ministerial Plenary, CEO’s Forum, Panel Discussions and Static Display. While delivering the welcome address, Chairman AAI stated that Indian Civil Aviation plays a key role in connecting Indians to the remotest coroner of the country and to the world. Indian Aviation Sector will be the epicenter of the growth trajectory and will present a gamut of operations and challenges.
Airports Authority of India was one of the organizers of the event and was also participating in the event by showcasing infrastructure developments and pioneering initiatives in the field of Civil Aviation Sector through a pavilion. AAI’s stall at the event exhibited its various technologies and offerings like GPS-aided Geo-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN), Futuristic Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI), Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), Space Based ADS-B and SkyBooks360, etc. Other than sowing various milestones of AAI, the stall features an ATC Tower with simulators, offering the feel of ATCO work station. Mr Arvind Singh, Chairman, AAI inaugurated the stall in presence of Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR); Mr I.N.Murthy, Member (Operations), AAI and Senior officials of AAI.
During the day, Chairman AAI also chaired a panel discussion on the topic Capacity Building: Airlines & Airports along with senior officials of Aircraft manufactures & CEOs from across the aviation sector. The session was focused on the need for more airports and developments & modernization of existing infra. During the panel discussion, Shri Singh said, “Given the exponential increase in traffic demand, AAI is upgrading capacity of existing airports and building new airport infrastructure. In order to cater to growing demand, second airports are being planned at Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Goa, Patna, Pune, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam.”
According to AAI sources, the Chairman AAI had a fruitful meeting with Mr M K Rao, Minister of Civil Aviation, Puducherry regarding development and upgradation of Puducherry Airport.