Bengaluru to host Aero India 2019: Defence Ministry
Ending speculations over the venue of Aero India 2019, the Ministry of Defence Saturday announced that the air show will be held in Bengaluru from February 20 to February 24. The Indian Express had earlier reported that there were talks of shifting the venue out of Bengaluru, where it has been held since its inception 22 years ago.
The government had been pushing for Bakshi Ka Talab airbase in Lucknow as its preferred choice. All stakeholders, including the IAF, were consulted about shifting the venue out of Bengaluru but it faced a lot of opposition as sufficient infrastructure had been created in Yelahanka.
“This five-day event will combine a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with public air shows,” the defence ministry statement read. It further said that the show will be attended by global leaders, big investors in aerospace industry and think-tanks from across the world.