India Aviation Safety, Security, and Airport Infrastructure Reverse Trade Mission

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency hosted the India Aviation Safety, Security, and Airport Infrastructure Reverse Trade Mission (RTM), bringing senior level aviation officials from India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, and Air India to the United States to learn about best practices and U.S. solutions that can support India’s aviation goals.

India’s aviation industry is growing rapidly, and the government plans to invest $120 billion in civil aviation expansion and modernization projects over the next ten years, which presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. businesses. The itinerary included a Business Roundtable and Networking Reception for U.S. companies at the General Aviation Manu-facturers Association (GAMA) in Washington, D.C.

Topics discussed at the Roundtable were Improving Airline Operations, Tripling Airport Capacity in 15 years, and Upgrading Security Systems in Airport.

The RTM was led by Minister Shri Jayant Sinha of India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation, and included executive-level delegates from:

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Airports Authority of India
  • Directorate General of Civil Aviation
  • Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
  • Air India

The delegation was accompanied by USTDA’s Country Representative in India.

U.S. companies had the opportunity to meet with the USTDA delegation in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL. There was a limited number of private meetings available due to the short duration of the RTM, but U.S. companies were welcomed to participate in a USTDA Business Round Table Meeting, as well as a networking reception generously hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
1400 K Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20005-2485

For more information about this RTM, please e-mail Ms. Olympia Brescia of GMC at

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