Mayor Parker, Houston Airports Director Take "International Growth" Message to India
April 22, 2015

The Houston Airport System’s record-setting international growth and how it can help enhance and cultivate business and cultural exchange opportunities is part of the focus during this week’s trade mission to India.

Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz is part of a 30-member delegation led by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston.  Representatives from the Houston companies ranging from energy and aviation to engineering and international trade and foreign investment as well as elected officials are in India to increase trade and investment between the Houston region and India.

Diaz hopes to one day secure a direct flight between Houston and Mumbai.  A direct flight would shave hours off the length of time it takes to get from one city to the other.

“The sheer number of business and tourism possibilities international carriers find in Houston is very enticing,” Diaz said. “Our region’s dynamic economy, culture and growth potential present a great opportunity for expanding Indian firms looking to do business overseas. The goal of the Houston Airport System is to connect the people, business, cultures and economies of the world to Houston and the growth prospects this trade mission will bring for both our region and a global economic powerhouse like India is a strong step forward in that mission.”

On Thursday, the Houston delegation is hosting a “Doing Business with Houston” seminar for Indian business people and investors. In addition, the group will meet with high-level government officials and corporate decision-makers.

“More than 700 Houston companies report business or trade ties with India,” said Mayor Parker.  “I believe the potential exists to grow that number, especially if the city is successful in one day securing a non-stop flight.  These trade missions are always about strengthening existing relationships and forging new connections that will help grow our economy.”

The trade mission concludes April 25.

Chief Policy Officer/Director of Communications Janice Evans is traveling with the delegation and is available to help set up phone interviews with Mayor Parker. Mumbai is 10 1/2 hours ahead of Houston.