Indian aviation ramps up tech investment to meet rapid pax growth

Indian aviation ramps up tech investment to meet rapid pax growth

Airlines and airports in India are expected to rapidly ramp up their spend on new technology over the next three years to keep up with surging growth which will see passenger traffic double to 370 million by 2020. The growth will position India as the world’s third largest aviation market.

To meet this demand airlines and airports are investing in technology to help bridge the capacity gap and accommodate more passengers. According to SITA’s 2016 India IT Trends Benchmark study, all airlines in India expect to see IT budgets increase in 2017 compared to 2016.

This contrasts markedly with global airline confidence on future IT budgets, with just over half expecting an increase while around a third will see no change in 2017. The remainder globally are braced for lower budgets. Airports in India are similarly positive about IT spending with 80% of airports expecting an IT budget increase in 2017 over 2016. This compares to 58% of airports globally who expect an increase next year.

“Rapid growth is a positive challenge for India. While many Indian airlines and airports lag the rest of the world in the use of technology, there is tremendous opportunity and desire among air transport executives to bring the country in line with the rest of the world. This vital investment in technology will ensure that India can fully capitalize on the growth we expect to see in the next few years,” Maneesh Jaikrishna, SITA Vice President, India and Subcontinent said.

Foremost among the priorities of Indian airports is handling the huge passenger volumes efficiently. That means self-service technologies are in high demand and the majority of Indian airports (83%) plan major passenger self-service programs in the next three years. One area of significant growth is self-service bag-drop, with more than 80% of airports expecting to put in place assisted self bag-drop systems.

Another key focus area for both airlines and airports is mobile. SITA’s research shows 98% of Indian passengers carry at least one mobile device. Over the next three years, 80% of airlines and 67% of airports plan major projects developing mobile services for passengers.

 

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