Louise Congdon

Louise is an experienced airport planner and strategist with nearly 40 years of experience in the aviation industry for the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Birmingham and Manchester Airports; at a senior management level for 17 years.  She joined York Consulting to set up York Aviation as Managing Director in September 2002. 

At Manchester Airport, Louise played a key role in influencing UK and European aviation policy debates and was responsible for corporate strategy, business planning, forecasting, and overall aviation policy development, including the strategy and concepts behind the Airport's Development Strategy, the second passenger terminal, and the second runway.


Since establishing York Aviation, Louise has advised a wide range of clients including airports, airlines, governments and public sector agencies, investors and business groups on a wide range of topics relating to air transport and the air transport market.  Louise has an unparalleled breath of knowledge in relation to air transport and has provided advice across the UK, Europe and globally.

Specialist Knowledge Areas

  • Air traffic forecasting;

  • Policy and strategy advice;

  • Economic impacts of airports;

  • Airport business planning and strategy;

  • Airport master planning and development;

  • Planning application support and planning inquiry witness;

  • Economic regulation;

  • Transaction services; and

  • Air transport agreements.

James is an economist and Partner with York Aviation.  James joined York Aviation from its parent company York Consulting in January 2004 and has 20 years of consultancy experience working for a wide range of clients including airports, airlines, central and regional government, regional and local development agencies, investors and other private sector organisations.  James has become recognised as one of the leading experts in Europe in relation to the economic impact of airports and air services more generally.  


James uses his knowledge of theoretical and applied economics combined with an in depth knowledge of the air transport industry to provide clients with robust and grounded insights on a wide range of issues.  He uses a wide range of quantitative and qualitative techniques to provide clear answers to client questions and to solve client problems.  These analytical skills are combined with outstanding communication skills, which allow complex messages to be passed on clearly and understandably.


His recent work has included undertaking economic impact assessments of the MAG airports, Bristol Airport and Newcastle Airport, providing economic impact and traffic forecasting advice to London City and Luton airports, analysing the strategic network of General Aviation airfields in the UK for the Department for Transport, advice to Virgin Atlantic in relation to the economic regulation of new capacity at Heathrow and technical due diligence advice to HNA Group in relation to their bid for the concession at Belgrade Airport.

Specialist Knowledge Areas

  • Economic impact assessment, evaluation and appraisal;

  • Passenger and cargo traffic forecasting;

  • Policy and strategy advice;

  • Financial analysis;

  • Market assessment and analysis;

  • Transaction advice; and

  • Economic regulation.

James Brass

Richard is an experienced aviation consultant with over 14 years of experience with York Aviation. He has a broad knowledge of the sector, covering aviation business and strategy and combining this with airport planning and economic assessment skills to offer clients a fully-rounded package of expertise.

Over his time at York Aviation Richard has worked across the full range of projects, both in the UK and internationally, reporting to the very highest levels of client. Significant time has been spent in advising airports, airlines and investors as well as regional stakeholders and providing expertise into the planning and legal systems, including acting as an expert witness. His particular areas of specialism are in passenger demand & need forecasting, route development and market analysis, airport strategy and business planning, and aeronautical pricing. However, Richard has led on a number of broader studies including economic impact and infrastructure planning, being highly regarded in both of these by clients.

Additionally he has a good understanding of airport finance and have been involved in a number of global airport transactions, including as an adviser to the successful bidders on the London City Airport transaction (2016) and more recently to HNA Group in relation to Belgrade Airport (2017).

Specialist Knowledge Areas

  • Air passenger forecasting for airports and airlines;

  • Aeronautical pricing, including pricing structure development to optimise growth;

  • Strategic airport business planning;

  • Airline strategy;

  • Route development and market analysis;

  • Airport infrastructure planning;

  • Socio-economic impact analysis of airports and aviation;

  • Optimisation of airports to reflect the needs of their airline users, both in terms of business and planning; and

  • Transaction advice.

Richard Connelly

Richard has been a Principal Consultant with York Aviation for over 14 years having joined from Manchester Airport, where he spent the previous 20 years in a wide variety of managerial roles. His experience encompasses airport business planning and strategy, economic regulation, and operational management.  Richard represented Manchester Airport in aviation policy forums at national and European level and played a key role in the development of Manchester’s long-term business strategy.  His experience of ‘hands on’ airport management provides a strong basis for working on airport transactions and business planning. 

Since joining York Aviation, Richard has project managed various studies for airports, airlines, central and regional government, airport investors in the UK and Europe, and other private sector organisations.  Recent work has included a study for the UK Department for Transport analysing the strategic network of General Aviation airfields in the UK, advice to Virgin Atlantic in relation to the economic regulation of new capacity at Heathrow, technical due diligence advice relating to operational costs and non-aeronautical revenues for the HNA Group in their bid for the concession at Belgrade Airport, and advice to the Isle of Man Government in connection with Isle of Man Airport.

Specialist Knowledge Areas

  • Airport business planning and strategy;

  • Transaction advice on airport operational costs and non-aeronautical revenues;

  • The general and business aviation sector;

  • Economic Impact; and

  • Economic Regulation.

Richard Kaberry

Matt is an experienced aviation consultant having worked for over 10 years in the airport design sector.  He has a background in civil engineering with extensive working experience in major project delivery, and technical delivery specifically on airport planning related issues at some of the UK’s largest airports among others overseas. 

Matt is able to draw together his knowledge across engineering and planning disciplines to ensure that even at the broadest levels of design that clients have functional, operable and compliant solutions.

Matt has worked on projects of all sizes and at all stages of development from planning and concept to detailed design, bringing a wealth of experience to clients in the broad spectrum of issues around airport design and operational viability.

Specialist Knowledge Areas

  • Master planning;

  • Strategic planning an optimisation;

  • Construction/development phasing;

  • Stand planning;

  • Taxiway capacity, design and optimisation;

  • Terminal capacity analysis;

  • Terminal interface design;

  • Stand capacity analysis;

  • Aviation design regulations and compliance;

  • Aerodrome Safeguarding and Obstacle Limitation Surface modelling/analysis; and

  • Aviation ancillary facility design and planning.


Karan is a consultant at York Aviation and a 3rd generation in the Aviation Industry.  Karan joined York Aviation in 2016 as an Analyst, having completed his internship at an Advisory boutique in London working in various sectors, including aviation and aircraft financing.

At York Aviation, Karan has worked across a wide range of projects in the UK, but has developed a specialism in Economic Impact Studies and Economic Regulation of Airports. In particular, Karan uses his knowledge and understanding from his finance discipline in advising clients on setting the cost of capital (WACC) in relation to regulatory price determination. Karan has assisted key airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair in determining the appropriate cost of capital for the oncoming price determinations.

His recent work includes Economic Impact of Regional UK Airports including Manchester Airport’s Group (MAG), Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle Airport. Karan has also recently assisted in route development for various potential routes to Scotland.

Specialist Knowledge Areas

  • Economic impact of airports;

  • Route appraisal and development

  • Financial and economic analysis;

  • Investment appraisal;

  • Economic regulation; and

  • Transaction advice.

Karan Mudaliar

Marshall has recently joined York Aviation as an Analyst after studying a BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management at Loughborough University.  Marshall has previously spent time working as an Airport Planner for a global engineering consultancy firm where he was heavily involved in airport master planning projects.  Technical work that Marshall has undertaken includes airport-wide layout analysis, option development and calculating airport facility requirements.

During his studies, Marshall spent three years volunteering on the Customer Service Team at Birmingham Airport, providing him with first-hand insight into international airports operations.

Marshall is able to utilise his aviation-related knowledge and experiences acquired through his academic and professional background as a solid foundation for his analytical work with York Aviation.

Specialist Knowledge Areas

  • Airport master planning; 

  • Airline strategy;

  • Freight market; and

  • Air passenger forecasting.