Regional Market Africa

About Lufthansa Consulting Africa

Traditionally the most active region for Lufthansa Consulting, Africa remains full of opportunities in the aviation business. Be it the creation of a new airline for passenger and/or cargo traffic, the turnaround of an existing airline, a privatization project, the improvement of an airport, the experts of Lufthansa Consulting can help you. We are recognized for our high quality services and exemplary respect of the highest ethical and professional standards of aviation consulting on the continent. We are active members of many international aviation associations and in particular very active with AFRAA (Aviation Suppliers and Stakeholders Convention - ).

I look forward to meeting you at your convenience to discuss any potential project in this region.

Latest activities

  • 07 - 09 May 2023 , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    11th Aviation Stakeholders Convention

    Aviation Stakeholders´ Convention (ASC) is one of Africa’s major forums for air transport industry stakeholders to dialogue, exchange knowledge and experiences for the development of the travel ecosystem.

    The 11th Aviation Stakeholders´ Convention (ASC) hosted by Ethiopian Airlines and the African Airline Association (AFRAA), a trade association dedicated to “promote, serve African and champion Africa´s aviation industry”, will be held under the theme “Changing the African narrative”.

    Our Lufthansa Consulting experts, Head of Market Africa Catrin Drawer, Associate Partner & Head of Solution Group Customer Experience Wolfgang Bublitz and Consultant Mirko Kopf are looking forward to holding a presentation on Sunday May 7th addressing latest trends, current and future use cases as well as implementation guidelines for the digitalization of the passenger journey.

    11th Aviation Stakeholders Convention

  • Guest lecture on Network and Fleet Planning for Masters students at Cranfield University

    On 20 March, Lufthansa Consulting once again conducted a guest lecture at Cranfield University. In continuation of an annual tradition, the aviation experts have been invited to deliver their "Introduction to Network and Fleet Planning" to Masters students of Cranfield University's M.Sc. course in Air Transport Management.

    The lecture covered numerous topics of high relevance to the students. Our Associate Partner Arvind Chandrasekhar, Senior Consultant Wasiq Khurshid and Consultant Ainesh Advani discussed with the students how network planning works within an airline organization, about data sources, passenger demand forecasting, route economics and the steps that go into developing a business case for a route. In addition, the class brought the topic to life through a detailed case study for a new intercontinental route between Asia-Pacific and Europe. With some excellent, probing questions from the class and a robust exchange of ideas, everybody thoroughly enjoyed the session.

    “We greatly value our longstanding relationship with Cranfield University and thank Professor Gary Doy for inviting us to speak to his class. It’s always a pleasure to engage with future leaders of our industry,” said Arvind Chandrasekhar after the lecture session.

    The postgraduate university has world-class expertise in its sector-leading specialist areas, particularly also in the field of aviation.

  • brand eins ranking “Best Consultants 2023”: Lufthansa Consulting did it again

    Lufthansa Consulting has made it again into the brand eins list of the best consultants in Germany!

    The annual ranking of the renowned German business and trend magazine is distinguished and highly respected within all kinds of industries and is based on recommendations from consulting companies and client assessments. For the tenth year in a row, brand eins has identified the best consulting companies in Germany. In 2023 a total of 310 consulting firms made it into the list. Lufthansa Consulting has regularly been among the best since 2016.

    As in previous years, the aviation experts are represented in two categories: Aerospace & Defense and in Transportation, Traffic & Logistics. Like in 2022, they were able to impress the industry with their high level of perceived customer satisfaction in the first category by achieving the highest possible rating of three points in the evaluation of clients.

    “To be rated amongst the best consultants in this prestigious ranking and receiving this award again is a great honor and accolade for our company,” states Lufthansa Consulting’s Managing Director Hannes Müller. “The renewed award is furthermore a great motivator for our amazing Lufthansa Consulting team and helps us to remain a very attractive employer, also enhancing our current recruiting engagement. We look forward to the challenges ahead and to continuing in our role as a leading consultancy in our beloved aviation industry.”

    Link to brand eins Best of Consultants ranking 2023 (in German)

    Die besten Berater in Deutschland | 2023 | Interaktives Ranking - brand eins online

  • Back at ITB: Tourism professionals and key players from the global travel industry reunited in Berlin

    Lufthansa Consulting’s tourism specialists are back at ITB Berlin! From 7 – 9 March 2023, Senior Consultant Esther Samtlebe and Associate Consultant Mirko Kopf look forward to meet the travel industry community to discuss the current state of the business, measures for further recovery and growth opportunities.

    ITB is the world´s biggest travel show and convention. It´s finally back as an in-person-event, hosting the leaders of the global travel industry, showcasing decisive trends and providing unlimited opportunities for the travel business. For more than 50 years the name ITB has stood worldwide for industry knowledge 365 days a year, networking and trendsetting events, whether in a virtual, in-person or hybrid format.

    During the event, the aviation consultants will present their range of services, in particular their tourism strategy solutions for tourism stakeholders. Our experts will explain how to turn challenges into opportunities for a sustainable regrowth to the benefit of the entire tourism ecosystem of a destination in a post-COVID world.

    Of course, they will also talk about further consulting services such as their comprehensive suite of network planning services for airlines or about Lufthansa Consulting’s robust Air Service Development product for airports.

    Looking forward to a lively exchange with you in Berlin! Feel free to contact our expert team via the ITBxplore app!

    Link to ITBxplore​​​​​​​

  • Shaping up a Sustainable African Airport Industry: ACI Africa Regional Conference & Exhibition

    Lufthansa Consulting will contribute extensively to the 69th ACI Africa Board & Committee Meetings, Regional Conference & Exhibition from 25 February to 3 March 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda. Our team of four experts will play a part in various innovative sessions on strategic topics during this global conference:

    On 27 February 2023 Lufthansa Consulting’s Partner and Head of Market Africa, Catrin Drawer, and Senior Consultant Sascha Vogel will participate in the ACI Africa Board Meeting. In the ACI Africa Airport CEOs – Business Partners Exchange they will discuss about potential airport privatization models in Africa by contributing Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise and market knowledge.

    In session 2 of the conference program on 28 February Catrin Drawer will present and moderate the panel “Airport Business Models compatible with the Economic Reality”, elaborating on the feasibility of current airport operating models in regard to economics, growth and business diversification.

    Over the past 25 years, the airport industry’s landscape has changed considerably. In the 1990’s, virtually all airports in the World were State-run. In the following years, the industry has opened up to external investment in many markets, creating space for a wide range of different ownership and operating models. In Africa, publicly owned airport networks are still the prevalent mode, with countries prioritizing regional connectivity and the economies of scale, and the scope that this model can provide. This panel will examine the suitability of the current airport business models in Africa in the light of prevailing economic, financial, political and social challenges, and the need for evolving towards a more agile airport business environment.

    Catrin Drawer will discuss with the panel speakers

    • Mr. Emanuel Chaves, President, ACI Africa,
    • Mr. Julien Coffinier, Director General, Ravinala Airports, Madagascar,
    • Mr. Olivier Baric, Director Aviation Africa, EGIS, and
    • Mr. Jorge Benchimol Duarte, Chairman and CEO, Aeroportos E Segurança Aerea S.A., Cape Verde.

    Finally, the consultancy’s Associate Partner Arvind Chandrasekhar and Managing Consultant Terence Im will conduct a two days’ workshop on Air Service Development for African airports. In Workshop No. 3 “Best in Class Air Service Development – To grow your airport’s connectivity, start to think like an airline” on 2 - 3 March 2023 the specialists will share insights from their expertise in Lufthansa Consulting’s award-winning Air Service Development projects.

    With its strong engagement at this event, Lufthansa Consulting is helping to develop a common vision for the future of airport activities in Africa.

    Link to ACI Africa conference program


Preparation and implementation of an airport concession

Airports in the Republic of the Congo

To ensure a professional management of the airports Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire and Ollombo Lufthansa Consulting provided comprehensive support to the Government of the Republic of the Congo to identify a strategic partner for the airport concession

Successful start-up support for national carrier

African national carrier

A solid business plan and hands-on implementation support got an airline from the drawing board to the runway in just 1½ years. Applying the expertise in every airline area, finance, commercial and operations, the airline was set up based on European standards. Long-term on-site support enabled the airline to achieve growth and serve both regional and international routes.

Development of airports financial model

West African airport company

Capital and operational expenditure assessment and criteria for a balanced approach to infrastructure upgrade and capacity increase for the development of a financial model of the airport company. Air traffic forecast to derive minimum investment essential to comply with aviation safety and security requirements as well as capacity enhancement to ensure efficiency and service quality.


Best Consultants 2022

Best Consultants 2022: Lufthansa Consulting ranked among the top consulting firms in Germany

Listed by brandeins, the renowned German business and trend magazine, for the seventh time. Lufthansa Consulting ranked top of the category "aerospace and defense" and ranked high in the area "transport, traffic and logistics". The rating is greatly respected throughout a wide range of industries and is based on recommendations from industry experts and client assessments.