Research Publications

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

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

Vietnam Aviation Report 2017

In this detailed Report, CAPA examines Vietnam’s rapid growth and its future outlook, including challenges and opportunities. An analysis of all three of Vietnam’s main airlines – Vietnam Airlines, the affiliate Jetstar Pacific and the independent VietJet – is included, along with 30 graphs and charts highlighting market growth and the positioning of each airline.

The Vietnamese aviation market has experienced unprecedented growth since 2012. The market has doubled in size in just four years and now consists of over 50 million passengers. Vietnam has been a hot market and will continue to be a market worthwhile watching closely in the coming years. Suppliers from around the world have a lot at stake and are betting that Vietnam’s growth story will continue. 

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

Format: PDF on receipt of payment

Extent: 61 pages

Publication Date: Apr-2017

Aerotropolis Report: The world’s top 10 airport city projects and attendant aerotropolises

The concept of the airport city is now 25 years old and there are many examples of it around the world. It is one of a cluster of economic activity that is related to the need to travel by air, congregating around an airport (airport city) and subsequently expanding along nodes into surrounding areas (aerotropolis).

This report looks at what are considered to be the 10 leading examples of airport cities and aerotropolises and summarises the various factors and influences that apply to them.

It concludes by examining the commonalities where they can be found, asks why airport cities have not grown up in two cases where they rightly should have, questions the role of the private sector in their development and looks at the social and economic arguments against them.

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

Format: PDF on receipt of payment

Extent: 91 pages

Publication Date: Mar-2017

AIRPORTS AND UBER: Transportation Network Companies now more welcome at airports

This unique CAPA reports presents information on Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), their modus operandi and how they are evolving globally – especially in their relations with the airport sector.

The results of a new CAPA survey into airport attitudes to TNCs are also communicated, along with a catalogue of recent news items collated by CAPA which gives insight into some of the issues that airports are dealing with in their relations with the TNCs.

The speed at which the TNC business is evolving and disrupting mirrors the changes in travel modes more widely, including independent direct airline reservations and self-connection through airports, and online home-space reservation for business and leisure rentals as characterised by airbnb.

These new players in the travel business know that what applies in the air transportation sector applies equally to them: there is a big reward for being the biggest in a market because the service with the most passengers and drivers tends to be more economically efficient. Therefore huge investments, multiple product variations, alliance-forming for cross border activities and M&A activity can all be expected to increase in intensity.

The report is complimentary for CAPA Members. Please contact your account manager to receive the relevant discount code.

Format: PDF
Publication Date: Oct-2016

Chinese Investment in Europe's Airports: 2016

China may be planning to invest USD130 billion in its airports over the next 10-15 years, but both public and private enterprises within the country seem to be doing their best to match that figure in foreign investments. While Chinese companies have targeted Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and other regions, Europe – actually one of the first continents to be homed in on by Chinese investors – is back in fashion again.

This report investigates who these investors are and where they are putting their money in Europe, with some examples from outside that continent. Not all of these investors have any sort of airport experience, by any means. The report coverage does not include any Chinese firm or entity investing or lending solely in China.

If you are a current CAPA member, contact your account manager to receive a copy of the report.

Format: PDF on receipt of payment.

Publication Date: 27-Jun-2016