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

  • 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​​​​​​​

  • 25 Feb - 03 Mar 2023 , Kigali, Rwanda

    ACI Africa Board & Committee Meetings, Regional Conference & Exhibition

    Airports Council International (ACI) represents the collective interests of airports around the world to promote excellence in the aviation industry. They do this by working with governments, regional ACI members, experts, and international organizations to develop policies, programs, and best practices that advance airport standards globally.

    This will be the first time that Rwanda gets to host this event – an ideal platform for airports and other aviation stakeholders to network, share information and forge a common future for the airport industry in Africa.

    Enjoy a series of innovative sessions on strategic topics and grasp a wealth of opportunities during this global conference alongside with our expert team at the event Head of Market Africa Catrin Drawer, Associate Partner Arvind Chandrasekhar, Managing Consultant Terence Im and Senior Consultant Sascha Vogel.

    Link to ACI Africa event 

  • 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


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 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.