Research Publications

CAPA Research Publications are long-form in-depth analysis of a feature of the aviation industry, presented in PDF format.

Preparing for a Gathering Storm: A 12-Point Survival Plan Specifically for LCCs

Like any business, airline management is expected to manage the airline prudently through a downturn to minimise the impact on profitability and shareholder returns. 

Given the inevitability of a downturn in the industry – whether it’s this year or next – that expectation becomes more telling. 

Generally speaking, LCCs should be better placed in times of heightened price sensitivity, as their lower cost base should give them an edge. But that alone is not enough. 

CAPA offers here some key tactics that LCC management can deploy when things get tough. Many of them are common sense, but in tough times the sense may not be so common. 

IATA AGM CAPA Daily - Monday 3-Jun-2019

This is the third issue of CAPA Daily from IATA AGM 2019

IATA AGM CAPA Daily - Sunday 2-Jun-2019

This is the second issue of CAPA Daily from IATA AGM 2019

Airlines making money: preparing for a Gathering Storm

As the world economy starts to stutter, and Brent crude oil prices creep up towards USD70 again, the financial climate threatens to make life difficult for airlines which aren't prepared for it.

CAPA's 2,000 word "15-point Airline Survival Toolkit for 2019" contains key money saving, loyalty and revenue generating actions that airlines can take, as the long period of global economic improvement starts to wind down.

Airport Finance & Privatisation Review 2018

This 186-page document is the eighth in a series of reports on airport privatisation and investment published by CAPA and the first since Sep-2016. The report picks up on events since the beginning of 2017, in some ways a turning point for airport privatisation activities, and looks to the future.Commentary and data may be found, inter alia, on who the main players and rising stars are; the number and type of transactions and their values; public-private partnership transactions (P3s or PPPs); the continuing increase in international funds investing in the sector; the prospect for IPOs; the disproportionate impact of exogenous events on the sector; and the likelihood of individual transactions taking place.The second part of the report looks at ongoing, completed, anticipated, and abandoned transactions on a country-by-country basis within a continental framework and within the context of economic and political activity where appropriate. There are Special Reports on airport privatisation in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Serbia, Spain, Japan, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Throughout the report the text is supported by CAPA’s renowned graphical representations.

IATA AGM CAPA Daily Day 3: 05-Jun-2018

This is the third issue of CAPA Daily from the IATA AGM 2018.

IATA AGM CAPA Daily Day 2: 04-Jun-2018

This is CAPA Daily for Day 2 of the 2018 IAGA AGM in Sydney.

IATA AGM CAPA Daily Day 1: 03-Jun-2018

The first edition of CAPA Daily from the IATA AGM 2018.

Airlines, airports, tourist organisations and the music business: the case for greater co-operation

Live music events attract high numbers of people prepared to travel to watch the performers they support. Further, in the case of festivals, to experience others that are new to them – both in their own countries and, increasingly, abroad.
This groundswell of travel adds to that undertaken by the artists themselves to perform, record, collaborate or sign contracts, as well as that of their supporting musicians, sound and lighting experts, A&R experts (talent spotters), managers and entrepreneurs.  In all, it is big business, and getting both bigger and more global.
Indeed, both the aviation and music industries are populated by global brands. And yet, strangely, it is only a handful of airlines and even fewer airports that have grasped its significance and made any significant attempt to work with the music industry to the benefit of both parties.
This report, using five case studies, examines the credentials of a number of airlines and airports that are actively involved in the promotion of musical events, including performances on their own property (e.g. on board or in-terminal).
It looks at how music business entrepreneurs regard the air transport and tourism industries when they start to examine the prospects for international expansion of their events. And it considers an example of a country which does not as yet stage large scale western-style events, but is in a position to do so on account of its air connectivity and advanced surface infrastructure at selected locations.
The purpose is to attempt to set out some guidelines that will be useful to any aviation or tourism entity seeking to enter the potentially lucrative music world in a collaborative manner. At the same time, it offers the music industry some insight into how the aviation and tourism businesses work.

The report is USD95 for non CAPA members and free for CAPA members with code from your account manager.

Format: PDF on receipt of payment

Extent: 81 pages

Publication Date: Aug-2017