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35 Airlines Confirmed for CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa Forum

More than 30 airlines have confirmed their participation at the inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on April 30 and May 01.

Senior network planning teams from a wide range of legacy and low-cost carriers including Emirates, Etihad, China Southern Airlines, Jordan Aviation, Air Asia, flydubai, Gulf Air, Oman Air and Azerbaijan Airlines as well as SpiceJet and Air India are among those already registered.

In India, which has one of the world’s largest aviation industries, more than 678,000 flights departed from its top five airports in 2018 – with these airports possessing the capacity to manage 118,07 million passengers, an additional 12,32 million passengers when compared with figures from 2017, according to data published in the latest ANKER report.

Nick Pilbeam, divisional director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said, “Despite rising fuel costs and unstable Rupee exchange rates, which has led to the Rupee losing around 14 percent of its value against the US dollar over the last 12 months, 2018 has been an exciting year for India’s aviation market. The country has recorded the world’s fastest growing domestic aviation market for the past three years, according to IATA, with domestic air passenger traffic registering a healthy 18,6 percent growth in 2018 underscoring the country’s vast market potential.”

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