The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed an agreement to help improve operations at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) will cover a series of areas, including security, passenger experience, cargo, airport development, consulting and training.
The agreement, which marks the first of its kind between IATA and an Indian airport, was signed by Conrad Clifford, IATA’s regional vice president for Asia Pacific, and Hari Marar, BIAL’s president of airport operations, on the sidelines of an industry event in New Delhi.
One of the highlights of the MoU could see IATA and BIAL trial new technological solutions at the airport.
“This will place Bangalore International Airport in the forefront of airport operations. These trials will ensure that global best practice solutions can be appropriately adapted to the Indian environment, and will provide guidance for rolling out the implementation to other Indian airports,” said Clifford.
In addition, several IATA initiatives could be incorporated into the BIAL trials, including the Fast Travel, Passenger Facilitation and Smart Security programmes.
“An important objective of the MoU is to promote the efficient development of civil aviation in India to meet growing demand. By 2035, India’s passenger traffic is forecast to exceed 400 million passengers, more than double that of today,” Clifford added. “The industry will support 19 million jobs and US$172 billion of India’s GDP. But for this potential to become reality, India’s airports need to have the necessary infrastructure capacity while implementing efficient processes that embrace the latest technologies.
“The ultimate beneficiaries of this MoU are travellers in India, airlines and the Indian civil aviation in general. We look forward to a similar cooperation with other like-minded airports in India,” he concluded.
Bengaluru is India’s third busiest airport, after Delhi and Mumbai, handling approximately 18 million passengers in 2015.