In a significant nod to India’s soaring aviation prowess, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has chosen Delhi as the venue for its next annual general meeting (AGM) in 2025. Indigo, the country’s leading budget carrier, proudly takes the helm as the host airline for the 81st edition of this prestigious global aviation event.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, and Pieter Elbers, CEO of Indigo, jointly announced the decision, marking a historic moment for the Indian aviation industry. “India’s remarkable trajectory towards becoming the world’s third-largest aviation market within this decade is undeniable,” stated Walsh, emphasizing the nation’s unprecedented growth and infrastructural advancements.

Elbers echoed Walsh’s sentiment, expressing Indigo’s enthusiasm in welcoming the international aviation community to Delhi. “As India steers towards becoming a global economic powerhouse and a leader in AI-driven innovation, hosting the IATA AGM signifies a pivotal moment for our nation,” he remarked.

This decision comes on the heels of the 80th IATA AGM in Dubai, where stakeholders unanimously agreed on Delhi as the ideal setting for the 2025 gathering. Notably, this will be Delhi’s third time hosting the esteemed event, with previous editions held in 1958 and 1983.

Amidst this landmark announcement, discussions surrounding bilateral air service agreements between India and key partners, notably the UAE, have gained prominence. Reports suggest India’s contemplation of altering its policy, seeking a 4:1 ratio in favor of its carriers concerning seat allocations with Dubai-based airlines.

Addressing these potential shifts, Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, emphasized the sovereignty of India in determining its aero-political policies. “We are open to adhering to any policy framework proposed by the Indian government,” stated Clark, emphasizing the need for governmental resolutions on such matters.

Walsh reiterated the importance of market access in realizing India’s aviation aspirations, emphasizing the reciprocity principle within the industry. “Unlocking India’s aviation potential necessitates a conducive policy environment, which I am confident will materialize in due course,” he affirmed.

As anticipation builds for the 2025 IATA AGM in Delhi, the spotlight shines brightly on India’s burgeoning aviation sector, poised for even greater heights on the global stage.