Our transport work

Transport sectors are undergoing major reforms around the world in response to rising demand and the challenges of financing the need for better infrastructure. Frontier advises operators, investors, governments and regulators to help achieve more effective outcomes.

Frontier made a critical contribution to delivering a forceful set of materials. Their contribution has been immense.

Chris Andreou, Heathrow Airport

Air transport has seen huge growth over the last twenty years. Routes have been liberalised and low cost point-to-point carriers have revolutionised the market. In response to this, airports have become more commercial and many are now privately owned or operated. This raises important questions about the need for airport price regulation and the form any such regulation should take.

Rail is also seeing significant growth with focus on the development of high speed rail and focus on separation of track and operators to create on-rail markets. This leads to greater focus on the value of incentive based contracts and/or regulation for track and train operators.

We have in-depth knowledge of all transport markets and the ability to create compelling evidence using advanced empirical techniques. The areas where we add value include, for example:

  • Strategic advice to airlines or airports on costs, pricing and market development;
  • Design or implementation of regulatory frameworks;
  • Measuring economic impacts;
  • Antitrust & competition policy; and
  • Franchise evaluation

Case study: Emirates

What was the aim of Frontier’s analysis?

We analysed the economic impact of Emirates’ operations in Europe. One of the components of this analysis was to estimate the benefits of the air connectivity Emirates brings to Europe.

How did you do that?

To analyse the connectivity benefits we built a connectivity model that identified those routes where Emirates provides either a unique direct connection or a unique one-stop connection. The model takes into account alliances, flight times and frequencies and covers connections between Europe and the rest of the world.

What did you find?

Our analysis identified that Emirates offers 220 routes that are unique to Emirates as they are either unique direct connections to Dubai (21 routes) or unique one-stop connections (199 routes), implying that no other airline or alliance offers these connections. All of these connections are from “secondary cities” that do not have a major hub airport. Our results therefore show that Emirates makes a substantial contribution to international air connectivity in Europe’s secondary cities.

Recent Work