More information on Ambidji’s Sector Policy, Regulation and Strategy services.

IATA and Airservices Australia – IATA Asia Pacific Study

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) engaged Ambidji to assist with the preparation of aviation activity forecasts, covering the period 2009-14, to support Airservices Australia’s 5-year pricing of air navigation services.  The activity forecasts, covering domestic and international air routes and defined airports, constitute a key element in the consultations that Airservices Australia regularly has with its airline and airport customers with respect to the future charges for air navigation services.  The study involved assessing a number of key drivers including the economic growth trends, airline fares, aircraft types, average aircraft size, potential load factors.

Asian Development Bank – Fiji Civil Aviation and Airports Improvement Project

Under contract with the Asian Development Bank, Ambidji assisted the state owned corporation, Airports Fiji Limited, to prepare a long term investment program and financing plan through to 2024.  Major streams of work in this project included producing and costing airport andATS/air navigation development concepts for existing and new airports; producing 20 year air traffic forecasts and producing long term financial models for the two major international airports and ten small airports.

For the major airports, these financial models included the analysis and recommended adjustment of aeronautical charging regimes in the context of increasing non-aeronautical revenue.  For the smaller airports, scenarios for funding future development utilizing a domestic passenger tax were also analyzed.  Detailed calculations of financial and economic rates of return for proposed investments were also undertaken.  This project comprised a multi-disciplined team of financial, economic, regulatory, policy and organizational specialists and involved considerable participation and consultation (up to Ministerial level) with government and private sector stakeholders, both within Fiji and internationally.

Airports Privatisation Australia and New Zealand

Ambidji had strategic roles in the Australian and New Zealand airport privatization process over several years, in particular with the capital city gateways of Sydney Airport and Wellington Airport,  and for the capital city secondary airports of Bankstown, Camden and Hoxton Park (Sydney), Archerfield (Brisbane), Essendon and Moorabbin (Melbourne), Parafield (Adelaide) and Jandakot (Perth).

Ambidji’s work was mainly undertaken under engagement by bidding organizations including investment banks such as Macquarie Bank (successful bidders for Sydney), SG Hambros, Bankers Trust, Morrison & Co, as well as airport developers and operators such as Hochtief, Canadian Utilities and listed property developers such as General Property Trust and Becton Corporation.  Ambidji carried out a diverse range of tasks in these engagements extending to commercial and technical analysis of the proposed investments.  Relevant experience among many of these projects includes forecasting future traffic demand, preparation of complex financial models and  development of Business Plans covering traffic demand forecasting, charging strategies and business development strategies, as well as detailed analysis of operational and capital expenditure plans and assistance in the development of business valuation models.

Some of these consortiums were successful with their bids.

Structural Reform of the Papua New Guinea Office Of Civil Aviation (Balus Project)

Ambidji managed an AUD 29 million program aimed at completely redeveloping the structure and operations of civil aviation institutions in Papua New Guinea (PNG).  This program aimed to provide crucial improvements in air safety through more effective regulation and surveillance, developing a substantively more effective sector planning framework, and improving service delivery through improved cost recovery and corporatization of the Office of Civil Aviation.  Also included in the program was the upgrading and modernization of key components of airport and air traffic management infrastructure and developing a charging strategy that enhanced the sustainability of the sector.  The program was jointly funded by AusAid and the PNG Government.


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