Who we are

The aviation industry is not only a global network of routes, but a global network of people. Our experienced team come from a range of aviation backgrounds, but we all share a common drive to deliver great advice to our clients. Our reputation depends on what we do, not what we say.

Key Personnel

  1. Tim Coombs

    Tim Coombs — Managing Director

    Tim Coombs has 15 years’ experience at Aviation Economics during which time he has project-led assignments for investment banks, airports, airlines, governments and private equity investors. Most recently Tim has advised clients on the airport privatisations taking place in Brazil and the establishment of a new airline in Eastern Europe.

    An experienced Project Director, Tim has been involved in the business planning for two successful airline start-ups, Air Arabia and Spice Jet; and assignments for easyJet, Ryanair and Wizzair. He has led the traffic team on airport transaction projects across the world; is a regular speaker at aviation conferences; and a part-time lecturer on the Airline Economics module at City University, London.

    Prior to joining Aviation Economics, Tim worked for Aer Lingus, reporting directly to the Chief Executive; and NatWest Markets initially in the top ranked equity research transport team and then in the Investment Banking division. He holds a BSc in Transport Economics and Political Studies from Aston University.

    Tim is married and outside work enjoys most sports (though more watching than playing these days) and hiking in countries where he can enjoy fine food and wine.

  2. RDC

    Richard Holt — Head of Transaction & Forecasting

    Richard is the Head of Transactions and Forecasting, leading a talented and enthusiastic team of consultants and analysts. He has over 25 years' experience in the aviation industry gained in airport management and consultancy. This experience has primarily focused on traffic forecasting, airport strategy and business planning.

    Married with two grown-up sons, he enjoys good food and wine and is an accomplished armchair sportsman!

  3. Fazrul Roslan

    Fazrul Roslan — Senior Aviation Analyst

    Fazrul joined Aviation Economics in 2008, after graduating from Cranfield University, where he was awarded the top-ranked MSc in Airport Planning and Management.

    Fazrul is a core member of the team. He is a highly numerate analyst, skilled at building demand models from first principles through to volume and revenue outputs. He has been involved in a wide range of projects including the business planning for a new Eastern European airline; a Caribbean international start-up; and a planned long-haul, business class only airline. His expertise at running multiple scenarios and evaluating the risks and opportunities of potential investments has been used on airport transaction projects at Gatwick, Stansted and Moscow Domodedovo.

    Prior to joining Aviation Economics, Fazrul developed a master plan and business development strategy for a regional airport in his native Malaysia. Fazrul also holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics from the University of Minnesota.

    Fazrul is married, has a son and outside of work enjoys unwinding in parks with his young family.

  4. Joanna Hunt

    Joanna Hunt — Head of Route Development

    Drawing on her experience in airline network planning, Jo's primary area of expertise is working with airports to secure new airline services. From analysing data, to creating business cases, to presenting proposals to airlines, Jo has a deep understanding of all aspects of the decision making process for airline route development.

    She has worked on numerous projects for a diverse range of global airports, where an integrated view of catchment, traffic flows and demand drivers has proved essential in helping our clients to grow sustainable networks.

    Realistic demand forecasts, an understanding of airline operating costs and a sound knowledge of market fares and elasticities have led to direct results in securing many new services: from core hub feeder routes, to regional point-to-point connections and public service obligation (PSO) routes.

    Jo has also led projects in aspects of our consultancy business including aviation emissions, business aviation, government taxes, airport charges and airport acquisitions.

    Qualified to Yachtmaster Coastal level, in her spare time Jo enjoys sailing around the South coast of England and North coast of France.

  5. Nick Harper

    Nick Harper — Senior Analyst

    Nick is an analyst within the team, so gets the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects. He has experience of working with a wide range of information sources to provide clear analysis and insight for our clients.

    Nick graduated from Loughborough University in 1997, after which he developed his analytical skills and aviation knowledge with East Midlands Airport and Manchester Airports Group (MAG). Following the decision by MAG to sell Humberside Airport, he was approached independently by the airport to assist in the transition process. Nick joined RDC at the beginning of 2013.

    Outside of work Nick enjoys travel, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends. Nick is married and has recently become a father.

  6. Daniel Irvine

    Daniel Irvine — Aviation Analyst

    Dan joined Aviation Economics after graduating from Loughborough University with a first class degree in Air Transport Management and working with the British Air Transport Association on behalf of UK airlines. He was absorbed by aviation from a young age, learning to fly before he could drive, and now brings that life-long passion and extensive knowledge of the industry to the Aviation Economics team.

    Dan has also written a number of academic papers in collaboration with Loughborough University on the topic of airport capacity.

    Outside of work Dan is a keen sports fan, attending Formula 1 races and playing as a running back for Beeston’s American Football team!

  7. Peter Hind

    Peter Hind — Managing Director, RDC

    Peter is the Managing Director of RDC, with approaching 15 years’ experience in the company. He joined the consultancy team in early 2001 and has a vast array of experience in public and private sector assignments. In his early years as a consultant, Peter worked closely with the UK DfT on its 30-year passenger forecasts for the UK White Paper, after which he used his econometric modelling knowledge to develop our transaction advisory offering.

    With the growth of RDC over the last five years, he has to split his time between the product and consultancy teams. He leads our strategic partnership with Arup; but is equally happy in a Project Director role or supporting the analyst and research teams.

    Peter is also a guest lecturer at City University, London, where he teaches Sustainable Aviation as part of the MSc Air Transport Management course.

    Outside of work, he enjoys golf, football and tennis, which he plays with varying degrees of success; and international travel, which is useful in this line of work. He is married with three children.

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    Aviation Economics is the consultancy branch of RDC specialising in airport transaction due diligence, long term forecasting, airline network planning and financial modelling. This gives us access to a further pool of analysts and specialists, which we are able to deploy flexibly onto projects as needed. We are also able to access the full range of data and analysis tools offered by RDC to support our consultancy projects.