The Air Transport Economics Department of the Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research investigates and consults on economic issues along the entire value chain of air transport and other modes of transport.
Mobility is and remains a fundamental basis of our lives, but is subject to constant change. The "Air Transport Economics" team investigates how and why aviation and air transport as an important part of an overall traffic system change, and how the institutional and legal framework must be designed to comply with environmental and socio-political goals.
In this context, our economists scrutinize the requirements for stakeholders in (air) transport that will be needed in the future in order to be able to successfully adapt to change. These adaptation processes can be successfully initiated and shaped by political measures. Conversely, policy reforms can unintentionally cause undesirable changes. The department "Air Transport Economics" evaluates political options from an economic perspective and thus helps political decision-makers to take socially beneficial measures.
The close interdisciplinary relationship of economics, engineering and natural sciences at DLR enables the department "Aviation Economics" to assess economic issues holistically and thus offer research and consulting from a single source. In this context, the potential of necessary environmental policy fields is identified on the basis of current scientific findings, the feasibility of implementation is analyzed on the basis of engineering and economic expertise, and options for action are developed. By economic research the variety of technological options is increased at DLR, since the economic viability of an innovation is the decisive factor for its commercial success.
The basis of our work is a solid scientific theoretical foundation that is predominantly application-oriented. We work conceptually and theoretically-normatively as well as with statistical evaluation methods and behavior-based simulation models. For this purpose, we are in a constant national and international exchange between science and practice.
Our research and consulting activities focus on the following key aspects: