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State-Run Airports Authority of India Pitches for Adding its Airports for Foreign flights

The bilateral discussion for traffic rights is done by the government with different countries

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The national airport operator has chalked out aggressive expansion plans. Pixabay

The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants more of its airports included as point of call in the bilateral discussion for traffic rights with countries in the Middle-East and Southeast Asia.

The public sector agency raised the issue in a meeting chaired by Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola but has failed to get instant positive response with the latter stating that such move would depend on bilateral interest and reciprocity.

“It involves bilateral interest with other countries and need to be examined by the concerned division on case-to-case basis to ensure reciprocity and balance of interests while extending any such concession,” Secretary Kharola is learnt to have observed.

An AAI official said that many of its airports have enough capacity to handle more passengers and airlines. He further said that in case of insufficient passenger and cargo traffic, the airport capacity remains under-utilised.

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The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants more of its airports included as point of call. Pixabay

Out of the 27 Indian cities from where international operations are currently being carried out, five cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi — account for about 70 per cent traffic.

“The bilateral discussion for traffic rights is done by the government with different countries. While AAI has no role in it we can be part of the discussions as observer,” the official added, noting that there was precedence to it.

The AAI manages 125 airports, which include 18 international airports, seven customs airports, 78 domestic airports and 26 civil enclaves at defence airfields. The national airport operator has chalked out aggressive expansion plans given that government sees 1 billion fliers by 2035.

“The guiding principle for the government should be passenger interest and convenience while negotiating more traffic rights with foreign countries,” said Dhiraj Mathur, Partner, PwC.

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Bilateral traffic rights allow airlines of the respective countries to launch new flights and add capacity on foreign routes. With rising passenger demand there has been pressure on the government for enhancing traffic rights with countries like Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

As per latest official data, as many as 91 international carriers which include six Indian and 85 foreign carriers connect the country with 56 countries through 343 routes. (IANS)

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Upcoming Events in India

Know about the upcoming mega-events in India

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India organizes several events every year and these events are followed by some trends to hype up the event industry. Wikimedia Commons

India organizes several events every year and these events are followed by some trends to hype up the event industry, these trends are bang on and help in making the event successful. These trends keep on changing from time to time, but there are some trends which are evergreen and some are just for the time being. 

Indian markets are growing rapidly with the new industries and brands coming up, and these industries and brands conduct different events to gain interactive experience and popularity. The events in India are categorised into:

  • Entertainment Events- award ceremony, promotions, music or video release, gaming, etc.
  • Corporate Events- seminars, conferences, training programs, etc.
  • Social Events- birthday parties, weddings, get together, etc.
  • Educational Events- TEDx, community service, etc.

Let’s discuss about some of the events taking place in India.

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TEDx is an educational events that takes place in various parts of India and the world. Wikimedia Commons

IPL- Indian Premier League

IPL tops the list of commercial events in India and is the biggest and most popular cricket league. Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) was the founder of IPL. The first event of IPL was organized in 2008 and since then it has grown leaps and bounds in popularity among the masses. IPL follows the Twenty20 cricket pattern and is played in the month of March or April and May. 

This is a franchisee based cricket league with eight teams which represent eight different cities in India. International cricket players also participate in this event. IPL became the first sporting event to be broadcasted live on YOUTUBE, in 2010. IPL has completed twelve seasons of the event and Mumbai Indians are the current title holders who the tournament in 2019.


SUNBURN which is owned by Percept Ltd. started from Vagator beach, Goa in 2007, is now Asia’s largest music festival. It is a commercial Live EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival in India, with a huge fan following, organized in Goa and Pune. Sunburn also organizes many concerts in IIMs, IITs, IISERs and many other colleges which helps the EDM craze grow among the teenagers and portrays an evolving modern change throughout Indian colleges. More than 100 international artists and DJs participate and play live in the main Sunburn event which takes place by the end of December. Sunburn gets an enthusiastic participation for this pandemonium of fun, food, music and frolic.

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IPL tops the list of commercial events in India.


IGX is one of the largest gaming festival of India featuring IGX battles, cosplay, performances (like live gaming, music, stand-up comedy, etc.), workshops, panels, product launches, first look of games to be launched, experience of VR multiplayer, racing simulation and board games and exclusively the block buster games and latest hardware. It has been more than 3years now since the event is being organised and its visitors count is nearing the 100,000 mark. The distinct features of the event which make it sought after are its gaming cosplay and interaction of gamers, prospective and aspiring students with the representatives of universities and colleges in the field of computer games. The games offered in events like IGX are only for entertainment with no real money involved as gambling is restricted in India except for lotteries and horse racing. But you can enjoy the gaming experience at the brick and mortar casinos in Goa, Sikkim and Daman.

Even though Indian casinos cannot promote online casino games, and the situation with online betting in India is not 100% clear. Officially, betting and gambling are illegal in India. However, no laws specifically make online betting illegal, and there are numerous offshore betting platforms that accept bets from Indian citizens.

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Above we have discussed just a few events happening in India of different genres. There are many other commercial events, sports events, non-commercial events like ISL, Pro Kabaddi League, Pro Wrestling League, NH7 Weekender, India Bike Week, ESL, Dream Hack, Phoenix Gaming Expo(PGX), etc happening on a large scale all-round the year. All these events are done on a big scale to build an image, for a better interaction with interested prospects and to gain popularity.