Sydney Airport today announced the signing of a strategic partnership with India's Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The alliance is designed to strengthen the Australia-India market and work on bringing together the largest markets not yet connected with direct services in those countries.
Kerrie Mather, CEO of Sydney Airport, enthused:“ Sydney and Delhi are the largest markets for Australia-India air traffic in their respective countries and both cities are the gateway to their respective countries.
“Working together with Delhi Airport makes sense in terms of achieving our common objectives of growing this market."
For both countries, the Australia-India market is the single largest market not served by direct services.
Delhi has a population of more than 22 million and there is strong travel between the countries for business, leisure, education and visiting friends and relatives.
With a large Indian community in Sydney and growing demand for inbound travel, India is a key emerging market for tourism, as well as business travel.
“About 44% of Australian residents with Indian ancestry live in Sydney, so it’s no wonder that Sydney is the preferred gateway for Indian travellers with almost 40% of the market,” adds Mather.
The MOU with Delhi follows the signing of a similar agreement with Beijing Capital International Airport last year.
“Together with our partnership with Beijing, our ties with Delhi mean that we now have strong strategic alliances with two of Australia ’s key emerging growth markets for inbound travel,” says Mather.
A senior delegation from GMR operated Delhi–Indira Gandhi International Airport visited Sydney last week to develop joint initiatives on route development and improved passenger facilitation.
“Partnering with Sydney is a win-win for both airports,” comments Delhi's chief executive, IP Rao.
“Other than connecting two very large, robust markets, Delhi 's geographic location provides an ideal connecting point for long distance flights out of Sydney bound for Europe and beyond."
Mather says: “I am hopeful that Sydney Airport ’s partnerships with Delhi Airport , Destination New South Wales and other stakeholders will bring direct flights from India in the near future."