by GK Strategy 12th March, 2019
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The aviation industry: onwards and upwards?

It seems like investment in the aviation sector is flying high, as 69% of private equity and venture capital professionals expect the amount of money their industries invest in the sector to increase throughout 2019 and 2020. But while the upwards interest in investing in an industry that could pose many risks. Risks including those of an ESG and regulatory nature.

The aviation sector has been growing significantly and rapidly worldwide, thanks to both increasing demands for tourist and business travel. We live in a global economy that is more connected than ever before. Thanks in part to technological advances as well as lower airfares. Research by Boeing found that annual average passenger numbers on commercial airlines increased by 6.2% between 2012 and 2017.

However, it is not just the commercial aviation segment that is booming. In our globalised economy, we now also demand the import and export of goods from around the world. Planes are often the preferred method of delivery, despite the environmental impact.

Aviation Investment

Therefore, as the sector continues to grow, much investment continues to be needed in airport infrastructure. Airlines and Planes also require investment in order to continue the increasing rate of route expansion and fleet capacity. Investors must, however, be aware of the challenges to various components of ESG that the sector faces. These challenges arise due to its speed of expansion. Indeed some are concerned it is expanding too quickly. These opponents are passionate about their cause. This is visible in the fight to stop another runway at London Heathrow Airport. Therefore, investment will also be needed in technologies to counter these risks. Investment such as cleaner and greener fuel solutions.

Every investment has it owns risks and rewards, and GK Investor Services help investors and portfolio companies manage domestic and international political, policy, regulatory and ESG risks. Creating political risk advisory in private equity as a discipline, our analysts advise on buy and sell side mandates. This enables investors to identify risks and create value over investment hold.

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