The Houston Airport System (HAS) in the US has teamed up with global consulting and digital services provider ICF to provide complete aviation consulting services,
It forms part of its strategy to attract additional passenger and cargo air service to the airports it operates.
HAS owns and operates the George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and the Ellington Field (EFD), which is also home to Houston Spaceport.
In 2016, the three-airport system served almost 55 million passengers.
At present, the airport operator annually manages more than 50 million passengers and offers nonstop passenger service to around 100 domestic and 64 international destinations.
ICF vice-president Jared Harckham said: “ICF has helped some of the world’s largest hub airports develop and implement effective air service strategic plans.
“We understand the numerous challenges and opportunities HAS faces in today’s competitive marketplace.
“A committed partner, ICF has the holistic aviation experience to help HAS develop a clear plan for expanding its domestic and international air service that will continue its already impressive growth trajectory.”
Under the terms of the agreement ICF will provide research, forecasts and market analyses, in addition to creating business cases that can be used to pursue new service to HAS airports.
Besides offering analyses of the legal, regulatory and policy landscape, the company will develop economic impact studies to gauge the economic benefit of new service to the Houston region to optimise business opportunities.