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

  • Argentina: Lufthansa Consulting sees great potential for growth in the air transport sector

    It has become widely accepted and outlined in extensive literature that air transport is a major global driver of economic growth and social progress, which affects broad economic sectors. Investments in air transport infrastructures have proved to provide tangible and quantifiable economic returns. This also applies to Latin America, where according to IATA, the air transport sector contributes an estimated US$ 167bn per year to the region’s GDP and supports 5.2m jobs. 

    For Argentina, air transport is estimated by IATA to have an impact of US$ 9.6bn on GDP and an impact on c. 300,000 jobs. The country’s geography, developing economy and existing transport infrastructures shape a solid business case for air transport development. Argentina enjoys steady market growth with limited domestic dependency and strong prospects in the North American market. North American and European markets count for 22% of total O&Ds to and from Argentina. 

    “The development of air connectivity and corresponding investments in air transport infrastructure is the economic value creator for Argentina,” stated Lufthansa Consulting’s Partner and Head of South American Market, Liége Emmerz, at the 13th National Congress of Infrastructure in Cartagena, Colombia. “For the future, intermodal travel makes a strong case.” 

    The main gateway is Buenos Aires, although the country could further improve its international exposure and tourism dynamism with increased international flight intensity. Benchmarks show there is room for further investments in air transport infrastructure in Argentina. 

    Lufthansa Consulting’s experts have vast experience in infrastructure assessments and planning. 

    We look forward discussing your business development.

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  • 23 - 25 Nov 2016 , Cartagena, Colombia

    Congreso Nacional de la Infrastructura

    The 13th National Congress of Infrastructure takes place at Cartagena’s’ Premier Convention Center (original: El Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias) from 23 to 25 of November.

    In its 13 years of existence the congress has become a futuristic event with great resonance and significance for the country. Delegates have the chance to interact directly with the highest instances of the government and discuss many business opportunities. The international guest panelists and the impressive commercial displays contribute to the magnitude and scope of the congress. The three pillars of this year’s event are dedicated to the future of the country: post-conflict, transparency and competitiveness.

    The congress will be attended by Liége Emmerz, Partner and Head of South American Market.

  • Bienvenidos at the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2016!

    Lufthansa Consulting will again take part in the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2016 from 13 – 15 November in Mexico City, Mexico. Our Partner and Head of the South American Market, Liége Emmerz, will warmly welcome visitors at the exhibition stand, this year once again together with colleagues from Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems.

    The objective of this event is to stimulate an international dialogue that promotes safer, more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly aviation in the region. Due to the fact of being the largest event of its nature in the Latin American and Caribbean commercial aviation industry, it provides a great opportunity for the participants to come together, analyze and discuss the current and future industry challenges. Various well-known airlines are invited to this forum, following along leading CEOs and top-level industry speakers.

  • 08 - 10 Nov 2016 , Brasilia, Brazil

    ACI-LAC Conference

    The 25th Airports Council International (ACI) Latin-America Caribbean (LAC) Assembly, Conference and Exhibition will take place from 08 – 10 November 2016.

    ACI-LAC is a regional office that represents the interests of airport operators for the Latin-America and Caribbean. Annually, a meeting of top airports leaders and industry executives takes place to maximize airports contribution and to develop and maintain a safe and viable industry. Furthermore, it is aimed to promote cooperation among all aviation industry sectors and its stakeholders, as well as national and international governments and organizations.

    Liége Emmerz, Partner and Head of South America, will attend the event. 

  • Helping the helpers

    To celebrate 60 years of scheduled flights to Brazil, Lufthansa decided to demonstrate its firm belief in social engagement. As a token of its gratitude towards the country and its inhabitants, the company organized the renovation of the non-profit Centro Comunitário Paulo da Portela (CCCP) vocational training center in Oswaldo Cruz, a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, in August 2016. 

    The CCCP offers successful preparatory courses for the Brazilian university entrance examination, as well as sewing, computer science and English courses seven days a week. Generally, this center funds itself but it depends on external assistance when larger maintenance measures are needed. Since 2011, Lufthansa’s charity organization Help Alliance has been a proud sponsor of this project.

    To support the social activities, our colleague Denis Duarte, Consultant from Lufthansa Consulting Ltda. in Rio de Janeiro teamed up with more than 30 colleagues from the Lufthansa Group and gave the CCCP facilities and classrooms a new, colorful look. Several students participated with great enthusiasm and assisted with painting, hammering and plastering walls. 

    Another highlight for the young adults and Lufthansa Group participants was the visit by the Beach Volleyball players and Olympic Games participants Julius Brink, Jonas Reckermann, Juliana Felisberta and Taiana de Sousa Lima, who all led a helping hand. 


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.