India’s aviation ministry is teaming with Farnborough International, the company that organizes the famous air show in England every two years, to organize a show on a similar scale and scope in Hyderabad, India in October. India Aviation 2008 will be modeled after the English show and will run from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. “The booming aviation sector offers tremendous business opportunities and this show will have the most powerful event,” an unnamed ministry official told The Times of India.
India doesn’t have that many airports and hasn’t been able to host a major show because it couldn’t afford to close any facility that was large enough to accommodate one. That will change in March when Hyderabad’s new international airport is opened and the existing field, Begumpet Airport, becomes a reliever. We wanted a dedicated functional airport for this kind of show as India is witnessing the highest growth rate of passenger traffic and all global players are evincing keen interest,” the official said. “Begumpet … will be the prefect site for the airshow."