Aviation Consultancy

Strategic and analytical consultancy from the experts in aviation economics

Full Service Aviation Consultancy

Helping clients understand and analyse opportunities within the industry has been at the heart of our business since the start, and through our Aviation Economics consultancy unit we have helped hundreds of clients.

Being part of RDC gives Aviation Economics a unique advantage over traditional consultancy firms in that all analysis we undertake can be supported by the Apex and Airport Charges products and their experts where appropriate. Whether it is a single project, conference support or a longer term relationship, our consultants pride themselves on understanding and working with their clients, providing meaningful analysis and helping them meet their business objectives.

Data Analysis

Our core skill is analysing the key business drivers, whether those of an airport or airline, we understand how the aviation industry works. From long-term demand and revenue forecasts to short-term route profitability, we have advised clients on the full breadth of the aviation industry: Investors, airports and governments, network carriers, low cost carriers as well as start-up airlines, aircraft lessors and aircraft manufacturers.

Fundamental to providing the right advice to clients is an understanding of the key factors that drive demand for aviation services. Our project experience covers the globe, from the established to emerging markets, we have segmented the industry to get inside the growth potential. But our work goes deeper than simply reporting numbers. We understand, have access to and interpret a wide range of global data sources that we use to provide clients with clear and concise advice to enable them to make key decisions.

Traffic Forecasting

Our forecasting assignments have ranged from short and long-term forecasts for individual routes through to whole airline and airport networks. We have developed robust and tested methodologies that are tailored to each circumstance. These enable us produce forecasts based on a range of market-specific drivers including detailed data on passengers, routes, travel purpose and catchment areas to broader econometric data such as GDP and disposable income. We combine this detailed data analysis with our own team’s extensive experience gained from senior management positions in airlines, airports and financial institutions as well as consultancy projects undertaken around the world.

Transaction Advice

We provide airport transaction advice to a wide range of clients: governments, banks and investment funds who are looking to buy, sell or invest in airport assets. Typically our work involves producing short, medium and long-term traffic forecasts, aeronautical and commercial revenue projections and airport capacity assessments to support capex and opex analysis, as well as developing understanding of the broader industry and business strategy.

The nature of our assignments means that we have to have a strategic understanding of the whole aviation business, which in turn enables us to consider and evaluate individual projects and businesses within a broader context. The analysis we undertake often combines a high-level top down approach and a bottom-up micro-level approach. This strategic overview is important in long-term projects but also for shorter term planning projects.

Planning and Route Development

Our capabilities don’t stop at the analytical level. We have a team which turn short-term strategy into an executable development plan – and then into the delivery of that plan. At the heart of this is our route development team, which has a history of helping clients develop new air services though understanding the commercial viability of services from an airline’s perspective. Within the route development team, we have experience in working within both the airport and airline environment and therefore understand the end to end airline network planning process, its complexities and the best methods of attracting the interest of an airline.