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

  • Getting ready for take-off: Ramping up airport operations

    After having come to an almost complete standstill, the aviation industry is now facing the challenge of ramping up operations again. Airports are already dealing with procedural and infrastructural redesign to comply with Covid-19 regulations.

    The next vital step is to move on towards mobilizing airport resources, preparing them for the new normal this crisis has shaped. Creativity and flexibility are key levers to success in staying ahead of the rising, yet volatile demand curve. The workforce requires precisely timed requalification and an overhauled planning module, given the drastically impacted parameters, while equipment plays the central role in making the passenger journey touchless, which is driving digitalization.

    Inevitable capacity reductions and checkpoint bottlenecks due to extended process times and distancing measures are predominantly challenging for space constrained airports. However, the search is on for creative solutions around the world to secure capacity and service levels, so that airports can leave the competition behind at the starting blocks.

    Read 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 APcrisis-solutions@LHConsulting.com

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

  • The role of regional airlines in supporting post-COVID-19 industry recovery

    Regional airlines are undoubtedly an important component of the aviation system. They fulfil an essential part of air connectivity, often operating routes with limited demand or connecting small communities by deploying turboprops, regional jets or, in some cases, narrow body aircraft.

    COVID-19 poses a significant risk to regional airlines in the immediate term. Several airlines have filed for insolvency or ceased operations, particularly in Europe and the Americas. The situation is particularly dire for those following a “capacity provider” business model, as several large airlines have shrunk their networks and cancelled their contracts.

    However, the regional airline fleet and business model is highly relevant as the industry recovers. As capacity slowly returns to the skies, airlines have skewed towards deploying smaller aircraft – a prudent approach given the uncertain and depressed demand profile of most markets. Ensuring an airline and its fleet is “right-sized” is now more important than ever.

    Regional airlines, therefore, have a vital role to play in the future. With their fleet of optimally-sized aircraft, regional airlines are well placed to offer the right capacity in the right markets, serving the rebound of travel demand while lowering the risk of overcapacity. In addition, they continue to be the best means to serve remote and island communities.

    Their survival requires a willingness among stakeholders to explore three key avenues: 
    •    State support
    •    Partnership or collaboration models 
    •    Consolidation

    Read the full article, including analysis and examples, here. 

    To learn more and discuss how your organization could benefit from Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise on Crisis Recovery, please get in touch at ALcrisis-solutions@LHConsulting.com

    Further insights from Lufthansa Consulting’s aviation experts are available at: https://www.lhconsulting.com/insights/news/

  • Lufthansa Aviation Talk Podcast: Creating flexibility in fleet through premature lease returns

    The impact of Covid-19 on the aircraft leasing market will be substantial. It is expected that significant capacity adjustments will lead to a wave of premature lease returns and place unprecedented challenges to aircraft operators (lessees) and leasing companies (lessors).

    In this podcast, Lufthansa Consulting’s Associate Partner Dr. Axel Schauenburg discusses early lease contract termination as an opportunity for capacity flexibilization in response to current market volatilities and gives detailed and hands-on insights into how to identify and overcome challenges in the process. 

    Host: Florian Schwendner, Senior Consultant 
    Expert: Dr. Axel Schauenburg, Associate Partner and Head of Maintenance and Engineering Solution Group

    Listen to Lufthansa Consulting Aviation Talk Podcast Episode 002

    Read the article by Dr Axel Schauenburg: 
    Capacity adjustments caused by Covid-19: The challenges of accelerated lease returns

     

     

  • New challenges for policy makers

    With air traffic down to a fraction of its volume from three months ago – and while overwhelmed with emergency support negotiations – should policy makers review their aviation planning frameworks?

    To increase robustness and resilience of the aviation sector, scalability of infrastructure such as airport terminals and air navigation networks could become elements of a revised policy. Also, the strategic importance of individual airlines and airports must be analyzed and sound decision criteria for potential Government intervention should become elements of an adjusted policy.

    While air traffic is starting to recover in some parts of the world, airports, airlines and other players are still under severe pressure and many require state aid to survive. Airports and airlines are prominent examples for Government bail-outs, whilst other crucial players (e.g. ground handlers, MRO, manufacturers) are still struggling to receive state aid putting recovery of the whole aviation sector at risk as no flight can depart without those services.

    In preparation or response to a crisis, policy makers will have to review their planning frameworks (e.g. Civil Aviation Master Plans) to avoid wasting tax payers’ money and to consider political, economic and social criteria.

    Read the full article here

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

    To learn more and discuss how your organization could benefit from Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise on Crisis Recovery, please get in touch at APcrisis-solutions@LHConsulting.com.

    Together, we can make it through to better days.

     

     

  • Capacity adjustments caused by Covid-19: The challenges of accelerated lease returns

    When Covid-19 hits a prospering leasing market, the effects will be substantial. It is expected that significant capacity adjustments will lead to a wave of premature lease returns and present unprecedented challenges to aircraft operators (lessees) and leasing companies (lessors). 

    This article provides a short-list of the most common problems aircraft operators face over accelerated lease returns with recommendations on how to resolve them to ultimately limit the cost of the aircraft transition process. 

    Looking ahead: planning for the future

    While Covid-19 will change the fundamentals of the aviation industry, it will also change the composition of aircraft fleets towards newer and more fuel-efficient aircraft. This transition however will challenge aircraft operators and owners over the next couple of years and requires a high degree of attention. 

    Therefore, aircraft transition management will become a very important agenda item in the near future in order to limit the drain of cash towards lessors looking to recover lost lease fees through penalty schemes over contract non-compliances. 

    Read the full article here

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

    To learn more and discuss how your organization could benefit from Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise on Crisis Recovery, please get in touch at ALcrisis-solutions@LHConsulting.com.

    Together, we can make it through to better days.

Projects

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.


Clients

Award

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.