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USTDA Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy (seated, left) and Airport Authority of India Chairmen Guruprasad Mohapatra (seated, right) sign a grant supporting a plan to expand the operational capacities of the Kolkata and Lucknow International Airports.

USTDA Connects U.S. Industry to Aviation Opportunities in India

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Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency signed a grant with the Airports Authority of India (AAI), supporting a twenty-year master plan to sustainably expand the operational capacities of the Kolkata and Lucknow International Airports.

AAI selected Cincinnati-based Landrum & Brown (L&B) to conduct the master planning, which will incorporate sustainable and environmental best practices, to accommodate the anticipated increase in demand at two of the fastest growing airports in AAI's network.

“We are pleased to support this important project that will support India’s rapid aviation growth, while connecting U.S. businesses with new export opportunities,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Acting Director.

“L&B is very happy to have been selected to support the USTDA and the Airports Authority of India with this important project that will continue to expand on the great relationship the United States and India share in the aviation industry,” said Mark A. Perryman,

Chief Executive Officer, L&B.  “We look forward to the opportunity to assist AAI in developing their long-term modernization plans for Kolkata and Lucknow International Airports bringing the best in class ideas and technologies to solve complex issues at these vital transportation hubs.”

Under the U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program, USTDA has supported a number of similar activities supporting the country’s growing aviation market. As the world’s ninth largest aviation market, India’s civil aviation sector is on a high growth trajectory, poised to be the third largest national market by 2020 and, potentially, the largest by 2030. This project will advance India’s priorities of expanding capacity at two of the busiest airports in the country. 

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