French design and project management consultancy Egis is targeting the Indian air traffic management and airport markets, according to chairman and CEO Nicolas Jachiet.
In 2018 Egis generated 10% of its aviation-related turnover in Africa and 17% in the Middle East, where it is engaged in a long-term project to integrate terminal and air traffic control tower systems at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
However, Jachiet told Jane’s in an exclusive interview that Egis has expanded rapidly in recent years in India. “Twelve years ago there were 400 people working with us [in India]. Now there are 2,500. This is not by chance but a result of a lot of [our] capabilities.”
These capabilities include a strong presence in water infrastructure and urban planning, including smart city projects in Bhubaneswar and Chindigarh. A new USD225 million terminal is planned for Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, and Egis may be well placed to apply its smart city expertise to airport upgrades in India (Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu has gone on record to draw a direct parallel between the two).
AAI contracted Tata SED and Raytheon to install a Cat III ILS at Chandigarh so that night flights can begin in 2020.
Egis has carved itself a role as project management consultant (PMC) on airport modernisation programmes – for example the integrated passenger terminals at Lucknow and Tiruchirappalli – and Jachiet confirmed that Egis has started work as PMC on a new integrated terminal (and reconstructed old terminal) at Pune Airport. Egis has also responded to an AAI Request for Proposal for a PMC on the new greenfield airport in Rajkot.
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