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Lift-off for airport investment - the expanding aviation market

As we emerge from the longest sustained recession in 80 years, the indicators are that the global aviation market has turned a corner, with traffic returning, fuel prices falling, and the impact of new technology and business models aiding a return to profitability. Sector players — airports, airlines, investors — have begun to adapt to the “new normal” brought about by the global financial crisis. The aviation industry worldwide has shown itself to be remarkably resilient.

Consequently airport mega projects are looking like interesting infrastructure investments again.

But as the industry shifts from survival to expansion mode, new issues are emerging: the risk of over-expansion in airline capacity; the difficulties of expanding airport infrastructure and airspace capacity where it is most needed; and the long-term environmental challenges of a rapidly expanding global aviation industry.

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So, airport infrastructure investors are adjusting their strategies to ink the best deals that lead to sustainable growth. To do that, they’re deepening their understanding of the aviation sector, including:

  • What do government stakeholders want to get out of an airport and the connectivity it brings?
  • Where is the long-term growth that will require aviation infrastructure investment?
  • Who are the new players in the aviation infrastructure space?
  • Do we need global infrastructure partners?
  • What are the nuanced risks and opportunities arising in emerging markets’ aviation sectors? How do they impact infrastructure management needs, infrastructure funds and construction planning?
 

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Planning for sustainable aviation growth

What can major players in the aviation industry do to navigate economic cycles and create smoother growth?

Planning for sustainable aviation growth
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Airport transactions: Airport privatisation elevates deal activity to higher altitudes

Airport deal activity has taken off again in the last few years. What do investors with an eye on the aviation sector need to know to select the best deals?

Airport transactions
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Why air connectivity matters to economic prosperity

Air connectivity is key to unlocking a country’s economic growth potential. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defines air connectivity as an indicator of a network’s concentration and its ability to move passengers from their origin to their destination seamlessly. Why is it important?

Why air connectivity matters to economic prosperity
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Propensity to fly in emerging economies

The propensity to fly (number of air trips per capita) strongly determines future demand for air travel. And increased demand means increased need for investment in aviation infrastructure.

Propensity to fly in emerging economies
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Keeping airport projects on course in a turbulent world

Airport infrastructure project setbacks cause major delays, cost overruns and project disputes. There are ways to be better prepared though.

Keeping airport projects on course in a turbulent world
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Airport infrastructure in Asia: Coping with the demand surge

In recent decades, Asia has emerged as the leading region in aviation traffic. However, aviation infrastructure is not keeping pace with this growth. What can they do differently?

Airport infrastructure in Asia
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Has the trend line shifted? The impact on airport valuations

Passenger demand for travel is one of the major factors that will impact potential earnings and therefore valuations. But never before has demand been harder to predict.

Has the trend line shifted? The impact on airport valuations