Monday, October 09, 2023

Aviation experts ponder over relevance of hub airport for India

The selection of hub airports is based on strategic geographic factors and demand. It is to cater to this precise need that a specific planning method and route optimisation are used. An international hub had become imperative with Air India ordering 470 narrow and widebody aircraft from global original equipment makers (OEMs) Airbus and Boeing and IndiGo expanding by adding more international destinations to its route network.

Countries looking to develop their economies and create employment for the people often see tourism as a key revenue source from foreign investment. Not only does travel and tourism, directly and through its supply chains, support 10.4% of global GDP and one in every ten jobs across the world, its growth has remained sustained at a level above that of the global economy in each of the last seven years.

Aviation route development is a key factor in the success of travel and tourism. Over a period of time and through a strategic approach, some aviation hub cities have been able to extend stays of transit visitors into multi-day stopovers and to encourage visits to the city as a final destination in its own right.

Developing this move from transit hub to destination relies on a number of factors. Those that have had great successes in making this transition have benefitted from a combination of factors, a strong national airline that is sound both financially and reputation-wise; solid appeal with a robust inbound tourism; excellent airline connectivity, sufficient infrastructure and favourable regulatory frameworks developed through prominent stakeholder partnerships,

Commercial aviation is dominated by a series of hub airports where passengers connect seamlessly between airlines, frequently in the shortest possible times with their luggage perhaps following a few days later.

Reducing the costs of travel and increasing their connectivity are major advantages of the hub and spoke network system. Connectivity is increased within the hub by concentrating landings and takeoffs at the hub (hub waves). Furthermore, in relation to the network pattern in flight, there are “hub” and “spoke” flight network patterns where all flights head to one large central location and passengers can transfer to other flights to reach their final destination. This pattern has been able to expand and organise the route network and prioritise the interest of consumers or air passengers.

09/10/2023 Vincent Fernandes/Bizzbuzz

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