Air Transport Economics and Business

A number of recent developments indicate that the air transport sector is changing rapidly. Therefore, it is important to have economic instruments available which can be used to get an insight into the strategic decisions of the most important industry actors. Each strategic movement of an individual airline has immediate and substantial consequences for the rest of the air transport chain and, to such an extent, also impacts the competitive relations in the sector. The course on Air Transport Economics and Business (download pdf 1 MB) is developed to provide a sound knowledge and understanding of key economic and regulatory issues affecting the air transport industry.

The course includes a number of guest lectures from high-level industry professionals as well as renowned academics in the field of air transport economics. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their practical knowledge through a number of excursions (e.g. DHL Express, Brussels Airlines, Eurocontrol) organized during the course.

Guest speakers 2017:

  • Prof. dr. Hans-Martin Niemeier (University of Bremen)
  • Dr. Guillaume Burghouwt (SEO Economic Research)
  • Koen Gouweloose (DHL Aviation)
  • Prof. dr. Eddy Van de Voorde (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. dr. Wouter Dewulf (University of Antwerp)
  • Vasco Reis
  • Wim Melis (Vueling Airlines)
  • Bertrand Dehouck (BNP Paribas Fortis)
  • Pieter Groeneveld (Vice-President Network Planning, KLM)

The course will take place from 12th to 23rd February 2018 at the University of Antwerp (see practical information).

Course coordinator

Evy Onghena graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp in 2013. Her doctoral research dealt with the cost structure and the expansion and cooperation strategies of the Big Four integrators FedEx, UPS, DHL and TNT Express. As from November 2013, she is Scientific Director of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Commodity and Passenger Flows (MOBILO). Within the research centre, policy relevant research within five research streams (ports, airports, integration of logistics chains, urban distribution and commuting) is carried out. She coordinates the research activities of the research centre. As a post-doc member of the Department TPR, she continues her scientific research in the domain of air transport economics, with a focus on air cargo economics.