Regional Market Southern Africa & Indian Ocean

About Lufthansa Consulting Southern Africa and Indian Ocean

Southern Africa and Indian Ocean is an exciting and dynamic area, which is currently experiencing strong economic growth and increased tourism. This leads to a demand for intermodal transport infrastructure solutions to serve the markets and satisfy international investor requirements. Passengers and goods need safe and reliable transport. Establishing a comprehensive civil aviation administration framework is crucial to ensure safe and secure operations and open sky policies. We are experienced in the intricacies of the strategic development and capacity building of airports and airlines in expanding markets.

Iraq and Jordan also lie within my area of responsibility. Both countries require a competitive aviation infrastructure and need to enhance their CAA framework. Modern and reliable airlines are key to keeping pace with the challenging Middle East and European carriers. A strong aviation industry will be able to support the local economy in the future for the benefit of the communities and their people.

Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss the challenges you are facing in the transport sector. 


Latest activities

  • Stronger together: airline partnerships as a means of surviving COVID-19 and thriving thereafter

    This article is part of Lufthansa Consulting’s ongoing series: Shaping flexible organizations: how to deal with COVID-19-induced uncertainties.

    Airlines are yet to fully come to grips with a COVID-19-affected reality, over six months since the industry was upended. As they seek to manage short term challenges and build resilience for the long term, airlines are increasingly finding that there is strength in numbers. Hence, among a range of actions to preserve cash and plot their future, they are turning to partnerships and cooperation agreements – even with erstwhile rivals.

    Partnerships bring mutual benefit in a time of uncertainty and financial strain, and allow airlines to balance the desire for expansion with the risk of overcapacity. Higher load factors can be achieved by two (or more) cooperating airlines observing mutual capacity discipline. Partnerships could also deliver deeper market access, generate additional revenue streams or drive higher efficiency in sourcing and operations. 

    The industry was already inching towards partnerships and consolidation in recent years, but COVID-19 has served – and will continue to serve - to significantly accelerate this in order to provide a lifeline to airlines and ensure sustainable recovery.

    In this article, Lufthansa Consulting lays out three key types of partnerships one is likely to see emerge through the pandemic

    •    Erstwhile competitors in a domestic market
    •    International operators and regional/domestic champions
    •    Two or more international airlines 

    We are certain to see more announcements in this context in the coming months – from simple codeshares through to acquisitions – as airlines evaluate opportunities and strategies in the light of a disastrous 2020 and the prognosis for a slow recovery over the next three years.

    Read the full article, including analysis and examples

    To learn more and discuss how your organization could benefit from Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise on Airline Strategy and Crisis Recovery, please get in touch at

    Further insights from Lufthansa Consulting’s aviation experts are available here 

  • Shaping flexible organizations: how to deal with COVID-19-induced uncertainties

    COVID-19 continues to pose the most significant challenge to the aviation industry in history. Traditional approaches to transforming business models, organizations and their finances are bound to be insufficient to address the ongoing uncertainties and dynamics in the medium-term. Lufthansa Consulting will take a detailed look at how to approach strategy, market, customer and operations to shape organizations for optimum flexibility in the months to come. We build on our aviation consulting expertise to shed light on the most pressing issues in shaping flexible organizations along the entire aviation value chain. 

    Read the full article here

    Lufthansa Consulting’s experts will publish in-depth articles on the COVID-19-induced flexibilization need in the weeks to come. These will be of interest to all stakeholders in aviation. – If you are working for an airline, airport, ground handler, OEM, MRO or an aviation authority, we invite you to follow our article series on shaping flexible organizations.

  • The coming air cargo reality check: how the industry will evolve through COVID-19

    Nearly six months since the World Health Organization officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic, the
    world is still in a state of near-emergency. Aviation as a whole is, as is well documented, being hit hard by the ongoing restrictions in travel. The air cargo business has also been affected, but to a lesser extent.

    Cargo is a short-term winner for the industry

    At the peak of the crisis in April, global cargo capacity was 44% lower than in the same period in 2019. However, the demand decline was not quite as steep, at just 33% against 2019. This, coupled with extraordinarily high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical goods resulted in air cargo rates skyrocketing by up to 200% on the most important trade-lanes.

    As a result, cargo has emerged as a lifeline for many airlines. It was the most profitable business
    segment for Lufthansa Group in Q2 2020, and helped Korean Air and Asiana avoid operating losses for the same period. American Airlines recently completed its 1000th successful belly-cargo-only flight since the start of the pandemic. Clearly, cargo is no longer only a byproduct or afterthought of airline operations. It has become a significant factor in airlines’ strategic planning, necessitating a robust view of its development as the industry recovers from the effects of COVID-19.

    Lufthansa Consulting addresses the outlook for the industry on three dimensions – volume (demand), capacity (supply) and yield levels.

    Read the full article here

    To learn more and discuss how your organization could benefit from Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise on Crisis Recovery, please get in touch at

    Further insights from Lufthansa Consulting’s aviation experts are available here.

  • Podcast: Ground Handling Ramp Up. Why an immediate start is essential

    Airports, airlines and ground handlers form the magic triangle in the aviation industry. Without ground handling companies, not a single aircraft could leave the airport nor any passenger board their favorite airline. 

    In this episode of the Lufthansa Consulting Aviation Talk podcast, we discuss the importance of ground handling operators and their options to act now – even in the midst of suppressed demand – in order not to be left behind when operations return to normal.

    Arvind Chandrasekhar and Eric Kuhn provide insights into why those companies are hit by the pandemic as hard as any airline, and what they can already do now to emerge from the crisis stronger than before.

    Listen to Lufthansa Consulting Aviation Talk Podcast Episode 005

  • Webinar ACI Africa: Time to fly again - Shaping a world of trust

    Click here to visit the webinar recording on YouTube

    Tune into the presentation "Getting them to fly" by Catrin Drawer, Head of Market Africa from minute 14:35 to hear her insights and expertise for the airport ramp-up in Africa.

    Gaining back the trust of passengers and instilling confidence in the new normal are critical prerequisites for a quick recovery and long term survival of the air transport industry.  Airports, airlines and all the other stakeholders in the aviation ecosystem have no choice but to work together towards achieving a rapid, safe and harmonized restart of operations on the ground as well as in the air.  

    In this webinar, industry experts, who have been closely working with different operators for a smooth and efficient resumption of airport activities in various parts of the world, including in Africa, will share with us their views and experience.  The composition of the panel:

    • - Mr. Ali Tounsi, Secretary General, ACI Africa
    • - Mrs. Catrin Drawer, Associate Partner, Lufthansa Consulting GmbH
    • - Mr. Arnaud de Lamotte, Vice President, Business to Governments, Bureau Veritas
    • - Mr. Antoine Blin, Director of Aeronautics & Space Agency, Bureau Veritas
    • - Mr. Gilles Darriau, Director General / CEO, DG Airport Consulting 

    The webinar was moderated by Mr. Romesh Bhoyroo, Director Strategy and Business Development of ACI Africa. 


Airline operations assessment

Mauritian airline

Assessment of operational areas leads to recommendations to increase efficiency and productivity. Improvements for the organizational structure, and processes and procedures were defined by the consultant team.

Airport economics consulting & strategy development

International airport in South Africa

Business process reengineering and implementation support results in 24.8 m EUR net EBITDA client benefit and improved customer satisfaction.

Airport Master Plan for strategic airport development

Airport in the Indian Ocean region

Planning guidelines to optimize the utilization of existing facilities of the airport to meet the projected capacity of c.6.2 million annual passengers in 2033. Strategic development of the airport and outline of efficient utilization of airport assets to create space to expand passenger terminal and new air cargo, commercial and heliport area.



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.