Emerging Operational Challenges in Airport Management

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“EMERGING OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES IN AIRPORT MANAGEMENT”

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ATM-1, PROJECT ASSIGNMENT-2

M.S. AJITH KUMAR

EMERGING OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES IN AIRPORT MANAGEMENT

Introduction:

Aviation sector has been one of the rapidly growing industries of the Indian economy, and one of the fastest growing industries, in the international aviation circuit too. The technological, infrastructural, institutional, economic and human challenges have prompted those in charge of airlines and aviation-related agencies to affect a shift in their policies and approaches pursued for years, to which India is not an exception. The altitude of the Government and Aviation Industry towards the regulation of Air transport has undergone a profound change over the past few years in India in almost all spheres. New concepts of ownership, financing, management and operation of air transport are the emerging trends in India. Beijing: In the race to possess the world's biggest and the largest China is set to add another statistic to its name as it announces plans to construct a new mega-airport with as many as nine runways. The construction would cement China's position as the world's biggest aviation hub. Bigger than all of Heathrow's five terminals combined, the structure is slated to handle around 370,000 passengers a day. Indian Aviation- Road Ahead

The Indian aviation sector is a major economic driver for prosperity, development and employment. Massive investments in airport infrastructure have led to world class airports which have become the symbol of India’s growth story. India is poised to emerge as the third largest aviation market in the world by the end of this decade, according to Civil Aviation Secretary Dr.Nasim Zaidi, said that the sector, with a growth of 18 per cent in domestic market is expected to generate approximately 2.6 million jobs in the next one decade. The Vision 2020 announced by the Civil Aviation Ministry conceives of building infrastructure to support million customers. India is expected to have extensive Greenfield airport activity in the period until 2020, including the development of several dedicated merchant airports. Some of the currently unused airports will be converted into functional low cost airports with the involvement of the private sector and the LCCs themselves. Overview:

Airport Design, operations consulting and management training are becoming big business for an ever-growing number of airport operators. Geography, economics, airport specialization and environmental concerns are coalescing to create a varied market for airport operators to sell their skills and experience to others. This is particularly true in emerging economies where air transport is growing quickly and the need to develop both existing and new airports is critical.

“Many airports are facing the need to enhance capacity and become more cost effective, and in many cases the specialized knowledge they require can only be provided by another airport operator,” says Changi Airports International’s deputy CEO, Eugene Gan.

"We are seeing growth potential in emerging markets including Africa, Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Russia and South America," says Sean Mc Geough, Hawker Beechcraft, President of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Indian carriers are hoping to capitalize on an economy growing at nearly 9 per cent, which has seen air travel to boom with the business and the middle class increasingly adopting it as their mode of travel.

Indian Aviation - Market Size
Recording the strongest growth in the world, India's domestic aviation market has tripled in the past five years, according to a latest report of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). India is currently the ninth largest aviation market in the world, according to a report “Indian Aerospace Industry Analysis”, by research firm RNCOS. The government's open sky policy has attracted many...
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