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GHIAL likely to host World Forum

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, JulY 5 (UNI) The GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited(GHIAL) here is in the race to host the global event in the Aviation Sector, to bag the honours for hosting the 15th World Routes Development Forum-2009 The GHIAL was competing with Beijing, Seoul and Abu Dhabi.

Routes Forum, founded 11 years ago by Route Development Group, UK was an annual gathering of over 350 Global Airlines and also about 650 Airports located across the World.

The Conference revolved around a series of formal, productive, and pre-arranged one-to-one meetings and interactions between Airports and Airlines Companies.

The Chief Operating Officer, GHIAL T Srinagesh said in a statement here today that so far Routes had been held in 11 cities around the world. This year's event would be held from September 17 to 19 in Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, while Stockholm and Kuala Lumpur, would be hosting the 2007 and 2008 events, respectively, he added.

He said GHIAL with active support from the State Government and organisations had bid for hosting the 2009 event in Hyderabad.

The GHIAL is a joint venture Company promoted by GMR group, Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India to develop the New Airport at Shamshabad on the city outskirts.

Mr Srinagesh said there was a stiff competition for bagging the rights to host the 2009 event, since Beijing, Seoul, Abu Dhabi and other cities were also bidding for the same.

He said the officials of Routes would be visiting Hyderabad this month for site-inspection to explore the possible venues.

The annual gathering would provide an opportunity to market not only the new International Airport and attract new Airlines, but also to showcase the huge potential the State had in the areas of Business, Trade, IT, Biotech, Agriculture , Food Processing and Tourism, he added.


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