Regional Market Middle East

About Lufthansa Consulting Middle East

The aviation sector has developed tremendously in the Middle East and is a key region for our company. We have provided management consultancy services to significant players in the area and contributed to their success. We see the Middle East aviation industry as an important driver of economic growth. The challenges facing airlines, airports and authorities in the different countries are as diverse as the different nations in the region.

Due to its favorable geographic position the Middle East offers exciting opportunities for your future business ventures and developments. I would be happy hear from you and discuss your plans.

Latest activities

  • 20 - 22 Nov 2017 , Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

    50th AACO Annual General Meeting

    The 50th Annual General Meeting will be held in Sharjah from 20-22 November 2017, under the High Patronage of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. It is the major event of the Arab Air Carrier Organization bringing together the CEOs of all member airlines, numerous stakeholders, AACO partner airlines and industry partners, as well as international and local press, which are gathered together for two days of networking and brainstorming. The event consists of working sessions, discussions and possible forecasts regarding the Middle East market developments. 

    Alexander Manakos, Partner responsible for Lufthansa Consulting’s business activities in the Middle East, will attend the conference.

  • 12 - 16 Nov 2017 , Dubai, UAE

    Dubai Airshow

    The Dubai Air Show is one of the largest aviation events in the world, connecting aerospace professionals from all areas of the industry. The exhibition will showcase the latest and most innovative trends in military and commercial aviation. Around 1100 exhibitors from 63 countries and over 66 000 trade visitors are expected to attend in order to facilitate and enhance successful global trade. In addition to the Gulf Aviation Training Event and the Futures Day, this year’s show will also include a lot of new features and workshops. For instance a UAV Summit and a newly created cargo zone will be organized for the first time. Moreover airport solution themed exhibitions and conferences will be introduced as well as a space pavilion designed to address future projects and developments.

    Meet Alexander Manakos, Partner and Market Leader for the Middle East, at the Air Show.  

  • 16 - 17 May 2017 , Dubai, UAE

    5th Global Airport Leader Forum

    The 5th edition of the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    It is organized by CAPA – Centre for Aviation and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The Forum will be co-located with the 17th edition of Dubai Airport Show, the world’s largest annual airport event and will feature a series of strategic sessions on today’s leading aviation issues. Airport and aviation leaders from around the globe will come together to address the strategic challenges and opportunities facing airport operators, regulators and airport industry suppliers.

    Alexander Manakos, Partner responsible for the Middle East region, will attend the Forum as well as the Airport Show.

  • 15 - 17 May 2017 , Berlin, Germany

    20th Ghorfa Arab-German Business Forum

    The 20th Arab-German Business Forum takes places at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin. This year’s partner country of the Forum is the Sultanate of Oman.

    It is organized in cooperation with the Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, the League of Arab States and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). As Arab countries and Germany traditionally share close business ties, the conference has become the most essential networking platform to create new and enhance existing business relationships.
    Latest trends within the Arab-German business relations will be discussed among various other topics, such as Industrialization, Impact of Oil Prices, Urban Planning and Environment, etc.

    Catrin Drawer, Associate Partner and Head of Market Southern Africa & Indian Ocean, will attend the conference.

  • Innovate the passenger security check experience at airports

    The security screening experience at airports remains a high-ranking pain point for air passengers as confirmed by recent surveys such as IATA’s Passenger Survey 2016. The limitations in passenger terminal throughput and operational efficiency negatively impact service levels and journey experience mainly due to the overall perceived uncertainty, waiting and queueing times, duration and procedures of the control process itself and the checkpoint environment.

    At airports around the globe stakeholders have initiated activities to improve processes, inspired by concepts put forward by the air transport industry’s associations IATA and ACI. The aim is to deliver improvements and satisfy passengers’ preferences. The most significant issues concern the preparation process (removal of belt, jacket, shoes, electronic devices), the simplification and consistency of the screening process and the multiple security checks required throughout journeys involving a connection.

    What are the success drivers and key challenges in implementing the various measures and projects, whether minor adjustments of operating procedures or adaptations to the terminal building’s layout or infrastructure?

    A concept development and implementation requires collaboration and buy-in of all parties at the respective local airport and state level. Effective passenger terminal operations enhance the passenger experience, therefore leading airlines are widely engaged in facilitating improvements at airports in their networks. In order to specify an action plan and deliver smart solutions it is essential to integrate both airline and airport perspectives from both the operational and commercial points of view.

    The experience gained at Lufthansa Group hubs as well as at many of its destination airports can be applied to capacity-constrained capital and regional airports in other areas. Lufthansa Consulting supports your ideas or initiated efforts to optimize your terminal infrastructure and meet your airport’s strategic goals.

    Our experts help you to develop or fine-tune your plans to streamline and simplify the security control of passengers and baggage in a technology-enabled, digitalized environment to achieve a successful overall passenger-empowered airport experience.

    Contact us to discuss critical factors for successful delivery and related challenges facing airlines and airport operators.


Functional and performance improvement

Cargo airline in Egypt

The airline’s economic success and competitiveness were significantly improved through performance excellence plans. The optimized use of client resources was ensured by improving the organizational structure and prioritizing tasks.

Air Cargo Facility Development

Airport in Egypt

Design of a fully mechanized cargo terminal with a capacity of 320,000 tons/year. In the frame of a cargo area extension of an Egyptian airport a fully integrated cargo city including cargo terminals, forwarder buildings, facilities for the handling of special cargo and related infrastructure were developed. A security concept observing all latest international rules and regulations helped our client to implement a state-of-the-art cargo handling concept.

Maintenance Cost Reduction

Airline in the Middle East

Significant savings in airline maintenance costs achieved through identification of shortcomings in maintenance processes and identification of key cost drivers. The project management provided on-site support to develop cost saving initiatives and successfully implement the cost reduction measures.