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

  • 04 - 06 Feb 2020 , Indianapolis, USA

    Routes Americas

    Routes Americas brings together senior decision makers from airines, airports and destinations, enabing delegates to build high-value relationships with some of the most influential aviation professionals from across the region. It offer delegates the opportunity to discuss new market opportunities with key targets and catch-up with industry partners on the evolution of existing services, all under one roof.

    This year's event will take place in Indianapolis, USA and is hosted by Indianapolis International Airport, Visit Indy and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. The city is a thriving destination on the rise, with excellent experience hosting a range of major events, making it the perfect location for the 13th Routes Americas event. 

    Meet our delegates Liége Emmerz, Partner and Head of Market South America and Luisa Grasshoff, Consultant at our Lufthansa Consulting exhibition stand S5.

    Routes Americas event page

  • Aviation industry in Latin America facing tough challenges due to growing demand in the region

    "Monitoring of Airport Operational Excellence through KPI Transparency” is the title of the speech by Lufthansa Consulting’s Partner and Head of Market South America, Liége Emmerz at the 7th Latin America Airport & Aviation Expansion Summit in Panama City, Panama on 14 November. Liége’s presentation reflects the current situation in Latin American aviation and focuses on airports’ performance and improving their operational excellence.

    Also in Latin America growing passenger numbers result in capacity crunches at airports and in increasing airline departure delays and thus high cost for the airlines. Especially when it comes to analyzing root causes for operational disruptions, aviation managers are often confronted with a data black-box. There are various benefits of having operational transparency in order to tackle the data black-box. Making use of these advantages by implementing a tailored KPI dashboard can be the answer. Airports can steer their performance through the visualization of jointly defined and harmonized high level KPIs and possible analysis functions. Deep dives into the high level KPIs serve as a basis to improve the performance across all areas, in aeronautical or non-aeronautical revenues.

    Airlines in Latin America transported close to 28 million passengers in 2018. The countries with the largest volumes being Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Panama. It is estimated that the airport sector in the region must invest 55 billion USD by 2040, due to air traffic projections and the lack of capacity in its main airports. These investments will focus on airport infrastructure, such as expansion, remodeling and modernization of existing facilities and construction of new airports. The aviation business in Panama generates 14.6% of the GDP and puts the country on rank number one in Latin America for aviation contribution to the GDP. The sector yields around 7,3 billion USD, and keeps generating jobs and opportunities for companies that want to venture into aviation.

  • Achieve the next level of airline operational excellence

    The worldwide cost of operational disruptions in 2018 is estimated to be over 65bn Euros and as the pressure in 2019 has further increased, Lufthansa Consulting expects an even higher need for action. 

    Our experts firmly believe that operations improvement programs across the whole aviation industry can have a significant impact. To connect our vision of Operational Excellence with airline perspectives we created an online survey to understand the latest developments and maturity of the industry in this area.

    We would like to invite airline managers (Operations Directors, Operations Excellence Project Managers or the Heads of OCC) to take part in our research by 08 November 2019. 
    The survey focuses on Schedule and Operations Planning, Operations Steering and Performance Management. Areas of research range from the company culture to the use of artificial intelligence and cover particularly areas of Scheduling, Flight Operations/Operations Control (OCC) and Ground Operations.

    The questionnaire has 40 questions and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. Only one questionnaire should be answered per airline.

    If you would like to participate or have any questions, please click here, fill in your details and put the word “SURVEY2019” into the message

    Your Benefit: The outcomes of this anonymous study will be published in early 2020, allowing you to benchmark your company with the industry and identify your individual strengths and areas for development. You can also select to identify your company and receive a more detailed individualized report about the status of your operational excellence.  

  • Lufthansa Consulting takes part in ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2019

    Just like in previous years, Lufthansa Consulting is attending the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum this time taking place from 27 – 29 October in Brasilia, Brazil. Visitors can once again meet Liége Emmerz, the company’s Head of Region South America, at the joint Lufthansa Consulting exhibition stand with Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik. Liége is looking forward to discuss the targeted approaches and suitable solutions with the aviation industry leaders in the region.

    The event is to host leading CEOs, government representatives and top-level industry executives to discuss issues of importance to the air transport industry and region's economic and social development.

    As largest event of its kind in the Latin American and Caribbean commercial aviation industry the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum is designed to stimulate an international dialogue that promotes safer, efficient and sustainable aviation in the market. It provides an excellent opportunity for the industry leaders to come together, analyze and address how best to navigate through current industry challenges and take a look at preparing for the future of air transport. 

  • 21 - 23 Oct 2019 , Bogotá, Colombia

    ACI-LAC Annual Conference

    ACI-LAC event is the annual gathering for the airport community, ACI-LAC members and industry delegates. This is a platform for exclusive networking opportunities to foster relationships with leaders and decision makers from airport operators, government, service providers among other industry stakeholders.The event includes a series of innovative sessions on strategical subject matters and an exhibition.

    Airports Council International – Latin America & Caribbean (ACI-LAC) ACI-LAC is the Latin America and Caribbean region of Airports Council International, the only worldwide professional association of airport operators. ACI-LAC represents 60 airport operators over 270 airports in 32 countries. ACI-LAC’s member airports handle 95% of commercial air traffic in Latin America and the Caribbean, representing over 584 million airport passengers, 5.1 million tonnes of freight and more than 8.7 million aircraft movements each year.

    Meet Liége Emmerz, Partner and Head of Market South America at this event.

    ACI-LAC Assembly event website


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.

Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT)

Airport in Brazil

Full support for operational readiness of a new terminal. The objective of the ORAT project was the coordinated approach to prepare all airport stakeholders for the operations in and at the new terminal. Preparation and execution of different operational trial scenarios to fully test and prove all aspects and to ensure a seamless transition into the operations.



Best of Consulting

For the second time in a row Lufthansa Consulting has been awarded the renowned consultancy prize "Best of Consulting" by the German weekly business news magazine WirtschaftsWoche. The “Excellent” award went to a successful Air Service Development project with Auckland International Airport, the largest airport of New Zealand and the third busiest international airport in Australasia. Lufthansa Consulting and its client Auckland International Airport are incredibly pleased about the award and that the WirtschaftsWoche jury could also be convinced of this successful project. Both look very much forward to their further productive and prosperous cooperation.