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INDIA. We bring you coverage of aviation and travel retail industry reaction and initiatives for the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day, which is being celebrated today (15 August). It commemorates the nation’s independence from the UK, which was instituted on this day in 1947. At this time, British India was divided into the states of India and Pakistan (the latter was officially granted independence a day earlier, on 14 August 1947). 


Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has celebrated Indian Independence Day with a variety of activities, staged 12-15 August. They include exploring India’s rich heritage through Patachitra art and the playing of classical Patua music. Images of the activities appear below.



Gaurav Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary – Commerce & Industries, Government of Karnataka (centre of top photo) joined the Independence Day celebrations at Bangalore International Airport today.


Images of the colourful patriotic celebrations for Independence Day at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.


Follow the LinkedIn post below for a video devoted to India Independence Day celebrations compiled by Delhi International Airport.


Dubai-based Vishvesh Lakhani, Managing Partner of Indu World International, the duty free operator and liquor consolidator for the Middle East and East Africa, expressed his best wishes for Independence Day in a LinkedIn post.


London-based Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman & CEO of The East India Company, the fine foods specialist which is active in travel retail,  also took to LinkedIn to mark Independence Day.


Tata SIA Airlines, operator of Indian full-service airline Vistara, celebrated Indian Independence Day with a colourful makeover of its offices. The airline is based in Gurgaon, with its hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

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Another major airline based in Gurgaon, IndiGo, shared this message on LinkedIn: “India flies freely across the blue sky. 75 years, and counting.”


Some great images from the Independence Day celebrations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, including special cultural performances.

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