Growth in aviation is bringing its own challenges, and the future of the sector will depend on how the players tackle the rising fuel charges, taxation and a shortage of trained and efficient manpower, on and off the ground. Much will also depend on government policies. Will it allow the industry to grow unfettered? Will there be more consolidation in the sector?
To answer these questions, and many more, fe got together some of the top names in the aviation industry to deliberate upon the challenges and concerns. The participants in The fe Roundtable on Aviation, held in Mumbai recently, included Jeh Wadia, MD of GoAir, Kapil Arora, partner, advisory services, aviation, Ernst & Young, V Thulasidas, chairman, National Aviation Company of India, the newly formed entity after the Air India-Indian Airlines merger, Saroj Datta, executive director, Jet Airways, Rashesh Shah, chairman & CEO, Edelweiss Securities, and Kapil Kaul, CEO, Indian subcontinent & the Middle-East, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. Shivnath Thukral, managing editor, NDTV Profit, and Sourav Majumdar, deputy executive editor, fe, were the moderators at the roundtable. The excerpts:
Sourav Majumdar – deputy executive editor, The Financial Express: Good evening. Thank you very much for being a part of the feRound Table Conference (RTC). This time we have decided to take the RTC to the next level, pun intended, by choosing aviation as a topic, not just because we all travel by air
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