Airports and flight connections

Le transport aérien ne cesse de se développer et nécessite l’extension régulière des infrastructures aéroportuaires existantes. La massification des flux et le développement des opérateurs low-cost impactent le business model des compagnies traditionnelles : segmentation accrue de l’offre, fusions et partenariats, etc.

Air transport is constantly evolving and regularly requires the existing airport infrastructure to be extended. Services increasingly aimed at a mass public and the emergence of budget airlines is having an impact on the business model of traditional airlines: increased segmentation of the services on offer, mergers and partnerships, etc.

In developed countries,the major airports have been able to adapt to this new reality. They have developed their range of services both quantitatively and qualitatively and have diversified their sources of revenue (hiring of spaces, parking, services, etc.). However, many smaller airports are struggling to find a satisfactory operational balance and often face competition from the airlines.

National strategies are currently tending towards the consolidation of key regional airports and more specific market positioning in the case of more local airports (based on the types of traffic, the standard of facilities and services, generating revenues from putting land to alternative uses, etc.).

There are not many operators who are responding to calls for tenders for operating regional airports and they are becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to the risks they must bear over the period of their operating contract. Under these circumstances, the need for detailed expertise in terms of costs and the search for levers to optimise airport revenues have become major challenges for local authorities.

In developing countries, the building, modernisation and extension of airports constitute the major elements in developing international economic exchanges. Public-private partnerships, especially in the form of concessions, are essential tools for the stakeholders dealing with these issues.


Offre Espelia

In this sector, Espelia deploys its full operational expertise. More specifically, the firm supports local authorities in:

  • legally, financially, economically and technically analysing the functioning of airport hubs;
  • conducting strategic studies on the market positioning of airports in line with the needs of the regions and the budgetary constraints weighing on local authorities;
  • efficiently implementing management projects: assisting with contracting, creation of public or public/private operators, monitoring and optimisation of the running of facilities