Bangalore losing aviation shows to Hyderabad

Hemanth C S

BANGALORE: The city was once considered the ‘Aviation Hub of India’ and the host for aviation-related events and exhibitions, due to its proximity to various state-owned aeronautical organisations, like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, National Aerospace Laboratories and other agencies.

However, today it is no longer the preferred choice for such events, as two of the country’s biggest civil aviation events and exhibitions are being held at other cities. Aerodrome India, an international exhibition and seminar for airport-related activities, whose inaugural edition was held in Bangalore in 2005, has moved out of the city, with its subsequent editions being held at New Delhi.

Now, India Aviation, the first international exhibition on the civil aviation sector, which will be held this Oct, will not be associated with Bangalore. Instead, Hyderabad will play host.

The exhibition, being organised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, will be held at the Hyderabad Airport in Begumpet, which stopped commercial flight operations following the inauguration of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad earlier this year.

“India Aviation 2008 will be the first event on civil aviation in India to be hosted at an airport. The show will be hosted at the Hyderabad Airport. Hyderabad has a strong presence of IT companies and star hotels, which will make the participants’ stay a comfortable one,” say the organisers.

They have complained in the past about the absence of proper infrastructure and sufficient accommodation facilities in Bangalore. The organisers of Aerodrome India, citing infrastructure constraints, had decided to hold the exhibition in Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi, after hosting the inaugural edition at Palace Grounds, Bangalore.

Wing Commander and former chairman of the Aeronautical Society of India AE Patrawalla said that poor infrastructure and road connectivity were the reasons why event organisers were opting for places apart from Bangalore.

“Travelling takes too much time in Bangalore. With the new airport, there is only more trouble in store until road connectivity improves. The organisers have made the right move by hosting the show at an airport,” he added.

Source : The New Indian Express

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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  1. I am not surprised with such news items. Affordable and reasonable accommodation has become a extinct commodity in places specially Bangalore. Looks like for our Urban Planners, Citizen Champions and leaders, Lodging and Boarding doesn’t come in the ambit of Infrastructure. I am yet to see any plan or policies for developing/builiding more affordable/reasonable priced Hotels and Inns. It is sad that poor visitors from Middle class has to shell out the heavy hotel tariffs at cost of Paid business trips from corporates. It is said that Bangalore Hotels (5 Stars) charges tariffs comparable to tariff in Tokyo (US$400-US$500) per night. This is the one area where there is potential exists and it is this area that needs Industry Chamber’s kind consideration. I am not sure what is the chamber’s views on this?