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Strategy, Policy and Regulation

Airport strategy, policy and regulation is a complex area which requires an in depth understanding of the current issues facing the air transport industry.
Depending on geographical jurisdiction, it can either be wide ranging or clearly focused on specific issues.
The principal activities include:-

  • High-level reviews of institutional arrangements
  • Developing airport strategy – either for individual airports, airport systems or national requirements.
  • Advising on (and analysing) airports policy, principally for Governments, public authorities, private sector airport owners and parties affected by airport’s policy.
  • The economic regulation of airports including airport charging policies and structures.
  • Airport competition policy – advice to regulatory authorities as well as to potential acquirers of airport assets.

MPD can advise on the optimum strategies for individual airports, city and national airport systems as well as on more focused strategies for individual issues affecting airports.

Airports need to define an optimum charging structure that maximises their income while encouraging customers to expand their operations. MPD’s skills and industry experience in airport operation, finance, economics & charging enable us to develop appropriate charging structures, assess the impact of charges to users and maximise airport funding through passenger facilitation charges, airport development fees etc.

As airports continue to grow and exert monopoly influence on their geographic area, economic regulation becomes increasingly important. We undertake the financial and economic analysis required to develop comprehensive systems for regulating airport charges, quality of service, and capital expenditure, as well as advising on slot distribution and regulation and developing performance incentives.

Experience in Strategy, Policy and Regulation

Heathrow Airport London

MPD provided the underlying economic analysis of the contribution of Heathrow night flights to the UK economy (and the potential economic disbenefits of a ban on such flights) to an Oxford Economics report commissioned by BAA Plc together with British Airways.


MPD advised on improved organisational and management arrangements for the Department of Civil Aviation including a new structure for the airport which has now been implemented. 

MPD also assisted in the setting up a Business Planning system together with the preparation of the first Business Plan.

MPD subsequently advised on long term planning and business issues concerning the new Jebel Ali International Airport, Dubai.

MPD advised Hainan Airlines on a new approach to business development.

MPD also advised Haikou Airport on management development and training for senior executives.

For the European Commission, MPD provided the team leader for a study of the state of civil aviation, and the identification of institutional and structural reforms to be undertaken in the context of EU budgetary support.

Turks & Caicos Islands
MPD reviewed the economics of aviation infrastructure provision for the Government of Turks and Caicos.

MPD advised a major regional airport on regulatory and other strategic business risks

MPD provided advice to the Dutch Government on a system of economic regulation for Schiphol Airport.

MPD provided advice to Aer Rianta, on economic regulatory issues, including the implementation of a EU Directive on ground handling.
MPD has provided advice to the five largest airports in Europe on airport charges.

MPD undertook a strategic review for the authorities, including organisation and business planning

MPD carried out a Business Plan review in conjunction with a major investment

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