Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) and IATA are enhancing cooperation in various areas of airport operations, including security, passenger experience, cargo, airport development, consulting and training. This cooperation was agreed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, and Hari Marar, BIAL’s President for Airport Operations in Delhi in September. This MoU is the first of its kind IATA has signed with an Indian airport.

Under the MoU, IATA and BIAL could work together to implement trials of new technologies and processes, and testing concepts at Bangalore International Airport. “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.

An important objective of the MOU is to promote the efficient development of civil aviation in India to meet growing demand. According to an IATA commissioned study on the Value of Aviation in Asia Pacific, by 2035, India’s passenger traffic is forecast to exceed 400 million passengers, more than double that of today. The industry will support 19 million jobs and $172 billion of India’s GDP. “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,” said Clifford.

The ultimate beneficiaries of this MoU are travelers in India, airlines and the Indian civil aviation sector in general. Looking ahead, IATA is working towards entering into similar cooperation with other like-minded airports in India.