Selected experience

Hong Kong International Airport (2017, 2015 and 2012)

Project Director of three aeronautical charges benchmarking studies which compared charges at Hong Kong with those at major international airports worldwide.  The studies focused on the distribution of payments by airlines or passengers and receipts between airports and governments.  Time-series analyses also looked at the relative rate at which charges had risen at HKIA since its opening in 1998 compared to those at peer airports.

U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (2016 – 2017)

Participated in a study to assist the CAA in assessing the effectiveness of using top-down airport operational and financial benchmarking as part of its consideration of the level of aeronautical charges to be permitted at Heathrow Airport from April 2020.

Singapore Changi Airport (2014)

Devised a methodology by which LeighFisher produced an Air Hub Competitiveness Index to assess Changi’s competitiveness as a hub airport in relation to key competing airports in Asia and the Middle East.

Hong Kong International Airport (2013)

Produced a study to examine worldwide practice in airport incentive pricing and noise and emissions charges, and also produced a comprehensive assessment of the relative effects of single and dual till regulatory pricing models.


Copenhagen Airport (2013)

Carried out an audit of the methodology and application of an airport charges benchmarking study produced by Copenhagen, which was needed to demonstrate to its regulator that its charges were not high in relation to European peer airports.  Some suggestions for changes were made and accepted, and the final study was approved as fit for purpose.

Auckland Airport

In 2010, 2012 and 2013, produced a comparison of aeronautical charges at the leading airports used for international services by Air New Zealand and also assessed the level of charges at Auckland compared to regional peer airports.


Melbourne Airport (2011)

Produced a report to assist the operator of Melbourne Airport in making submissions to the Price Commission in a review of the system of airport price regulation in Australia taking place during 2011.  This examined Melbourne’s level of prices in a regional and international context, and assessed its general level of performance in a range of financial and operation benchmark measures.  The work repeated a similar exercise carried out for the previous pricing review which took place in 2006.

Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (2010)

Provided advice to EHCAAN as aeronautical charges specialist and Project Manager in a project to assess the scope for increases in aeronautical charges in Egypt.  Advice provided included an assessment of ways in which airport charges could move to a more cost-related basis in place of the current system of a common schedule of charges for all airports except Cairo Airport.

Singapore Changi Airport (2009)

Project Director of a major study to benchmark current and proposed aeronautical charges at Changi with those at peer airports, and also with other airports used by Changi’s main airline operators.  The benchmarking model used was adopted by Changi for future use to produce internal charges benchmarking.

Airports Company South Africa (2009)

Carried out a comprehensive benchmarking study to compare the financial performance of ACSA’s three main international airports with that of international peer airports.

Aeroporti di Roma (2007 – 2015)

On behalf of the airports’ funding agency and risk insurers, annually assessed AdR’s business plan forecasts of air traffic and aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues.

airportMexican airport charges (2007)

On behalf of the three main groups of Mexican airport operators, assessed the levels of airport charges within Mexico, on both national and international levels.
BAA (2007).  Produced an analysis of aeronautical charges and operating and financial efficiency at BAA’s Scottish airports, compared with a benchmark sample of UK regional airports.

European Parliament (2006)

As part of a broad review of the impact of low cost airlines on the European aviation industry requested by the European Parliament, assessed how this industry sector had affected airport competition and profitability in Europe.

Airports Company South Africa (2006)

Produced air traffic forecasts for the three international airports at Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban for the period 2005 – 2020.

Coventry Airport (2006)

Presented evidence at Public Inquiry on the likely demand for freight operations at the airport.

Coventry Airport (2005)

Asked by Local Planning Authority to provide advice on the capacity of a temporary passenger terminal at Coventry Airport, and to provide a definition of airport piers, in the context of a planning dispute over proposed structures at the temporary terminal.

Aviation Policy Review (2002)

On behalf of a group of Local Planning Authorities, assessed the implications of government proposals for expansion of airports in south-east England, particularly at Stansted and Cliffe.

Stansted Airport (2002)

On behalf of the Local Planning Authority for Stansted Airport, acted as director of a project to assess the case presented for the development of Stansted to 25 million passengers p.a. in respect of air traffic demand, air traffic control issues, passenger origins, and noise and air quality issues.  Carried out the assessment of air traffic demand issues.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (2001 – 2002)

Provided advice to the Local Planning Authority on a range of issues related to the conversion of this former RAF base to a civil airport, including validation of the developers’ initial air traffic forecasts and subsequent production of traffic forecasts to support an application for European funding of an access road link.

Best Practice Airports (2001)

On behalf of IATA, produced an analysis of best practice at a sample of 30 international airports, with reference to cost efficiency, levels of charges, and staff productivity.

European Commission (2001)

Led project to determine the effect on developing nation airlines of possible future EU legislation to introduce more stringent aircraft noise output rules.  Held talks on the Commission’s behalf with regional aviation authorities in Africa and Latin America.

Sydney Airport (2000)

Carried out a comparative assessment of airport charges at Sydney on a world and regional basis, to assist in discussions with the Australian Competition and Commerce Commission over proposed changes to the structure of charges.

Russian Ministry of Transport (1994)

In a joint commission with a major legal practice, provided, as specialist aviation team leader, advice on a recommended regulatory and legal structure for a new grouping of Moscow’s airports.