Regional Market South America

About Lufthansa Consulting South America

Since the opening of the first intercontinental flight from Europe to Rio de Janeiro in 1956, aviation has become an important part of the economy of South America.

Although it has faced many challenges, the aviation industry in South America has been growing constantly during the last years. The numbers of passengers travelling within the continent are increasing rapidly, thus demanding more from airlines. Economic stability and higher income allow an increasing number of South Americans to travel for leisure and business purposes. The necessity for improvements in security measures leads to better decision making by airlines and airport companies, as well as by the highest authority­­­ in aviation-the Civil Aviation Authority.

The demand derived from international events, such as the World Soccer Championship 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016, speed up growth and create the necessity for detailed planning and appropriate solution finding. Lufthansa Consulting supports the effective, fast and transparent development of such projects.


Latest activities

  • 19 - 21 Nov 2017 , Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Alta Airline Leaders Forum

    The Alta Airline Leaders Forum is the largest event of its nature in the Latin American and Caribbean Commercial Aviation Industry. It provides an excellent opportunity for the industry to come together, analyze and address how to navigate through current challenges of the sector and take a look at the future and the developments of air transport. The goal is to promote an international dialogue that promotes safer, more cost efficient and environmentally friendly aviation in the region. The event will be hosted by the city of Buenos Aires and the carriers Aerolíneas Argentinas and Latam Airlines. The forum will be divided in an exhibition where companies present themselves and their products, a conference where recent trends will be debated and panel sessions on various topics concerning aviation in South America will be held.

    Meet Liege Emmerz, Partner and Market Leader of South America, at the forum.

  • 26 - 27 Jul 2017 , Georgetown, Guyana

    Air Integration in South America

    The technical executive group on air integration of the South American Council for Infrastructure and Planning will meet in Georgetown to discuss the status and the recent developments of air transport in South America. The objectives of the event hosted by the Union of South American countries are to analyze the airport network system of the subcontinent and recognize industry related trends and investment potential. The workshop will consist of the three topics: the impact of air transport on national economies, opportunities for integration and connectivity, and financial institutions as catalysts for regional air integration. Presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion about passenger and cargo connectivity in the region. 

    Liege Emmerz, Partner and Head of the South American market, will attend the meeting and give a speech entitled “Air transportation and connectivity index – a key driver for economic growth”.

  • Air Integration in South America

    The South American Council for Infrastructure and Planning is striving to improve and develop all means of travel and transportation on the American subcontinent. On 26 July 2017 the expert group will meet in Georgetown, Guyana, with the objectives of analyzing the airport network system and recognizing industry related trends and investment potentials for South America. The main goal is to increase the continental connectivity through hub building, network strategies and the inclusion of financial institutions as catalysts for regional air integration. The council was specifically formed by the Union of South American Nations to enhance a united approach in regard to infrastructural challenges. Among others, the technical executive group on air integration focuses on the impact of air transport on the national economies and on future strategies for the regional aviation industry. 

    Lufthansa Consulting’s Liege Emmerz, Partner and Head of the South American market, will contribute a speech entitled “Air transportation and connectivity index – a key driver for economic growth”. The index is a network analysis method to define a global measure of connectivity. It captures all nodes of a countries’ or regions’ air travel network, even when there are no direct flight connections between them. The measure of connectivity is closely correlated with important economic variables, such as the degree of liberalization of air transport markets, and the extent of participation in international production networks. It provides a strong basis for future growth in air transport as well as for international trade in general. 

  • 03 - 06 May 2017 , Havana, Cuba


    FITCuba is the most important event of Cuba’s tourism industry. Its main objective is the promotion and strengthening of Cuba’s attributes as a tourist destination for a wide range of visitors such as airlines, travel agencies, hotel and transportation companies as well as communications media and industry-related service providers.

    Cuba is trending as a holiday destination. That is why the event is a chance especially for foreign delegates to weigh out investment and participation opportunities. A further aspect is the communication of Cuba’s cultural values as well as an illustration of a guest country. In 2017, Germany will be the official guest exhibitor as German tourists mean one of the best paying target groups for Cuba. The event for travel professionals and the general public will be hosted by the Cuban Ministry of Transportation and includes panel discussions and exhibitions.

    Meet Liege Emmerz, Partner and Head of Market South America, at the fair.

  • Promising perspectives for Panama’s logistics and transportation sector

    On the occasion of an aviation industry event for the Central America and Caribbean region the German management consulting firm Lufthansa Consulting examined the growth perspectives for Panama’s aviation business with a particular view on air cargo and the status of the country’s logistics industry.

    Panama is developing as a hub for aviation services in the region. There are new opportunities, advantages and maintenance needs for aviation services in Panama for operators, OEM, MRO, training organizations and aviation related services.

    The air freight market growth rates are expected to be above the world average. In the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index 2016 Panama ranks 40th, becoming a leading nation in the region. Its unique geographical position calls for linking traffic flows to unlock growth potential and drive prosperity. The country has a unique location at the isthmus between the Americas. Due to this situation, it has already become a focal point of ocean shipping between Europe, Asia and North America and South America. Air cargo may also benefit from Panama’s unique location developing into a gateway to Latin America as well as to the Caribbean.

    Lufthansa Consulting’s experts forecast some promising opportunities for Panama not only for the Air Cargo market but especially for its integration in the country’s logistic hub. They examined the key questions to be scrutinized in this context. How can Panama exploit the logistics potential? Does it work in a modern supply chain environment and if so, what conditions must be observed? 

    Looking into the development of supply chains delivers the answers. Cargo City concepts can be a proper professional and efficient way as a model with coordinated multimodal freight hubs that exploit the connectivity and benefit from value chain concentration of activities in one place. Cargo Cities’ creation of coordinated and streamlined processes that enhance bottom line value maximizes returns on investment. Modern supply chains are essential for a logistic hub as an intelligent solution for linking all possible modes of transport in Panama. Developing them from the traditional multi-modal transport chain to an advanced synchro-modal supply chain, KPI-driven and under logistics providers’ control forms the key aim to attain.

    Air Cargo Cities generate both macro and micro economic value and form an opportunity for Panama. In order to achieve the forecasted opportunities for sustainable success the country needs intermodal solutions to generate additional traffic by integrating air, rail, road and sea transportation based on competitive integration strategies and optimal planning. Further requirements are the design of the necessary infrastructure and developing intelligence supply chain solutions to meet the increasing capacity demands in Panama’s logistics industry, now and in the future.


Improvement of flight safety standards

Flight operations of Brazilian energy corporation

Improved safety levels through standardized procedures and implementation of higher operations standards. Staff training and audits ensure conformity with higher standards and continued improvements.

Network optimization and fleet plan validation

Brazilian airline

To secure the future viability and growth of the airline, Lufthansa Consulting optimized the route network and identified new potential markets. Recommendations for short and long term fleet planning were defined to support the network optimization.

Cargo terminal enhancement

Brazilian airport

The efficiency of the existing cargo terminal facilities was improved to handle the future cargo demand until at least 2018. The client is the number one freight airport in Brazil with a terminal area of 96,000sqm handling 439,000t of cargo per year.