In order to ensure that aviation can continue to make a decisive contribution to the individual mobility of people, solutions are needed that contribute to the sustainable development of air transport. To this end, the Institute of Air Transport researches the complex interrelationships of air transport and its subsystems. This includes the development of scenarios for the air transport markets, economic and business analyses of the air transport system, as well as the modelling and simulation of flight and fleet operations from the perspective of the air transport industry.
More than 50 employees forecast, design and evaluate air transport as part of the transport system and thus contribute to increasing sustainability and performance of the sector.
The Institute brings together the ecological, economic, technological and social aspects of air transport and combines – within DLR – key competencies for assessing air transport markets and evaluating the overall air transport value chain. In this way, the Institute positions itself as a competent contact partner for business, society and policymakers.
The research tasks of the institute include:
Structure and locations
Structured in the four departments
the institute covers the entire air traffic system and thus complements DLR's extensive technological portfolio with operational, economic and regulatory know-how.
The departments are located in Hamburg and Cologne with direct proximity to airports, airlines, regulatory authorities, aircraft manufacturers and service providers as well as aviation networks. The institute also has good connections to Berlin and Brussels, and thus to political representatives, other players in the aviation industry and industry associations. Hamburg is also the world's third largest location for the civil aviation industry, a world leader in research into climate change, an international logistics location, a model region for urban air mobility and for the industrial production and use of green hydrogen, and plays a pioneering role in intelligent mobility.
Exemplary research questions of the Institute