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Mumbai, October 8, 2011
Mumbai has been selected as the host city and the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) as the host airport for Routes Asia 2013 that will bring representatives of the airline, airport and tourism industry together to explore opportunities for airline route development.
"We are pleased to note that CSIA has been selected as the host airport for Routes Asia 2013," said Mr.G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) and Vice Chairman GVK.
"This is noteworthy because, besides being one of the busiest airports in South Asia, CSIA has also emerged as one of the most significant aviation hubs in the region, given both the increase in passenger traffic and number of carriers flying to Mumbai.
"While Mumbai itself is undoubtedly a critical business hub for the region and key to the regional strategy of leading corporates, this status will be further enhanced upon the completion of the state-of-the-art integrated passenger terminal T2 in 2013.
"The choice of CSIA as a host airport also helps to reinforce its position as India’s foremost airport at the cutting edgeof comfort, technology and design," Mr Reddy said.
"We are glad that CSIA has been selected to serve as the host for the Asia Route Development Forum in 2013," said Mr. Rajeev Jain, CEO, Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Limited (MIAL).
"Hosting Routes Asia 2013 will not only give us the opportunity to showcase CSIA to a diverse group of industry professionals across the globe but also provide tremendous tourism-related economic benefits to the city of Mumbai. Additionally it will enable us to share relevant expertise and build relationships with industry partners, including airlines," Mr Jain said.
Traditionally, Routes Asia as an event has been attended by leading airports and airlines. Being chosen as a host is an opportunity to showcase the economic, industrial, and tourism potential of the host city and its airport.
Additionally, Routes Asia also offers an opportunity within a short period of time to conduct a number of one-to-one meetings between airports and airlines from Asia.
Over 17 years of its existence, Routes has acquired a well-deserved reputation and has proved its claim of being the main aviation event in Asia helping make connections between airlines and airports.
CSIA is a standing participant of the Route Development Forum (World & Asia). With a total of 48 international passenger airlines, and 7 domestic passenger airlines currently operating more than 680 flights a day, Mumbai is directly linked to 83 airports in India and worldwide.
In the last five years, it has grown into one of the most important emerging aviation hubs in India and the Asia Pacific Region.
"We are delighted to bring Routes Asia to India once again as the Indian market is a key strategic focus for the Routes business," explained David Stroud, executive Vice President Airports, Routes.
Stroud continued: "We have worked with the GVK team for many years on their presence at our events. It is fantastic that we are now able to bring our 11th Routes Asia event to Mumbai in 2013."
MIAL is a joint venture between the GVK-led consortium and Airports Authority of India. MIAL was awarded the mandate of modernizing, upgrading and expanding CSIA in May 2006.
CSIA catered to 29.07 million passengers with a growth rate of 14% and 670,235 tonnes of cargo which grew at the rate of 15% for FY 2010 – 11.