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Research Publications

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

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

Air-Rail Report: Air-Rail Developments

Conflict usually invokes the tendency to respond with either ‘fight or flight.’ The competition between air and rail as travel modes, at least over short distances and often driven by the demands of environmental considerations, shows no signs of abating and frequently verges on confrontation. What this report asks, fundamentally, is this. Is there a better alternative for those disparate modes, let us call it ‘fight or co-operate?’

It seems there is. There are already known to be over 600 designated air-rail links with another 200 planned.

This report does not attempt to catalogue every functioning and proposed air-rail link, though many of the main ones will be found here. Rather, it is more concerned with how the air-rail industry has developed, how it continues to do so and with ‘what’s new’ in the business.

Possibly the most comprehensive single report on this subject it ranges over critical subject areas such as intermodality and sectoral collaboration; interaction with airport city development; ‘low cost rail’; historically unsuccessful links; and the skills required to build air rail links. And most importantly – who pays?

Covering developments on each continent, the report includes four highly relevant case studies: Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport, London Luton Airport, Los Angeles airports (general) and the Western Sydney Badgerys Creek airport.

The report is USD795 for non CAPA members, with a discount price for CAPA members of USD495.

Format: PDF on receipt of payment

Extent: 112 pages

Publication Date: June-2017

Singapore Airlines Group Report 2017

The SIA Group consists of five wholly owned airline subsidiaries – SIA the parent airline, SilkAir, Scoot, Tigerair and SIA Cargo. In this comprehensive report, CAPA looks at the long term outlook and strategic position of all five airlines.

Singapore Airlines has evolved considerably over the past six years, embracing a multi brand model and investing in new airlines overseas. However, Southeast Asia’s largest and historically most pro table airline group is confronting an extremely challenging market place, making it near impossible to improve profitability – despite a raft of initiatives.

The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group is at a critical juncture in its evolution. The group has evolved significantly since Goh Choon Phong took over as CEO at the beginning of 2011. While the final verdict is not yet clear, SIA would almost certainly be worse off today if it had not started to go down the path of change in 2011. However, the changes at SIA may not be deep enough, or may not have been implemented fast enough. However, in the past six years SIA has changed more than virtually any other airline group in Asia. Considering that it is a company known for its conservatism – the depth and pace of change have been relatively radical.

Format: PDF on receipt of payment

Price: The report is USD795 for non CAPA members, with a discount price for CAPA members of USD495.

Extent: 48 pages

Publication Date: May-2017