As India emerges as one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets, The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the apex body of 240 airlines, has accorded high priority this county and appointed Amitabh Khosla as Country Director.
Khosla has put in his papers as Executive Director, Federation of Indian Airlines (FAI), a body formed by scheduled airlines of India around a year ago to lobby for the industry’s cause. Till FIA gets a replacement, Khosla would continue to oversee the functioning of the federation on a ‘part time basis’ said an insider. FIA’s chairman V Thulasidas is schedule to retire from Air India by this month end and FIA would need a chairman as well.
Khosla, quite knowledgeable on Indian aviation, has been roped in to enable AITA to achieve its desired objectives in this lucrative market including solving infrastructure problems and achieving 100% e-ticketing out of India.
IATA's Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said, “Asia will be the world's largest market in 2010. The fast growing, diverse and dynamic Indian aviation market brings opportunities and challenges. The top priority is infrastructure.”
Previously Khosla was with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).