The curtains came down over the five-day AeroIndia 2009 air show at the Yelahanka Air Force Base on Sunday evening, with a slew of record attendances. Over 200,000 visitors attended the show, including 50,000 business visitors. This was the seventh edition of the prestigious event, which first opened for exhibition and business in 1996.
Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) officials, the organizers of the event admitted that hundreds of people were turned away on the last day and that all the tickets for the show were sold out. This has led to considerable heartburn among large sections of the public, and even the media.
Other statistics let out by the ministry of defence expo officials suggest that as many as 588 business-to-business (b2b) meetings took place at the show, including 350 between Indian and foreign companies and the rest between Indian business houses.
The newly introduced software, enabling online registration and enhancing business propositions amongst companies worldwide, is also being claimed to be a success.
Some 592 exhibitors, from 25 countries, participated in the show. Of these 303 were overseas firms and 289 domestic.
The participating countries included UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Ukraine.
A biennial event, the eighth edition of AeroIndia will now be held from 9-13 February 2011.