International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in several areas of airport operations.

The MoU was signed by IATA regional vice president for Asia Pacific Conrad Clifford and BIAL president for airport operations Hari Marar in New Delhi, India.

The organisations aim to enhance security, passenger experience, cargo, airport development, consulting and training at BIAL.

"An important objective of the MoU is to promote the efficient development of civil aviation in India to meet growing demand."

Said to be the first of its kind that IATA has signed with an Indian airport, the MoU could see IATA and BIAL implementing trials of new technologies, processes and concepts at Bangalore International Airport.

Clifford said: "This will place Bangalore International Airport in the forefront of airport operations.

"These trials will ensure that global best practice solutions can be appropriately adapted to the Indian environment, and will provide guidance for rolling out the implementation to other Indian airports.

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The IATA Fast Travel, Passenger Facilitation and Smart Security initiatives are being considered under the MoU.

Clifford added: “An important objective of the MoU is to promote the efficient development of civil aviation in India to meet growing demand.

"By 2035, India’s passenger traffic is forecast to exceed 400 million passengers, more than double that of today.

"The industry will support 19 million jobs and $172 billion of India’s GDP. But for this potential to become reality, India’s airports need to have the necessary infrastructure capacity while implementing efficient processes that embrace the latest technologies.”