AAV In Conversation with Erik Kriel of Aurecon on the state of aviation industry in age of COVID-19


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Erik Kriel of Aurecon. (PHOTO: Aurecon)

Asian Aviation Magazine Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Erik Kriel, Aviation Director for Planning and Strategy at Aurecon. Kriel leads Aurecon Aviation in the planning and strategy space and also oversees the development and maintenance of Aurecon’s aviation capabilities across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Kriel is a seasoned airport development planner and strategist with experience from both the airport operator and aviation consultancy sides. Through a career spanning more than two decades, he has acquired global aviation experience in strategic airport projects including terminal design, airport master planning, concept designs, capital expenditure planning and airline consultation. Kriel has led consultancy teams in Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa. He has worked at some of the largest hub airports in the world, including Dubai and Hong Kong. In recent years, he was Aviation Lead Consultant on several Australian airport projects, including master plan efforts for Melbourne, Brisbane and Western Sydney Airport. He also represented international airlines operating at Melbourne Airport in capital expenditure consultation matters. Previously, Kriel headed Airport Planning for the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), where he was deeply involved with various airport development projects at 10 of ACSA’s local airports, as well as their overseas operated airports in India and Brazil. His contribution focused on the transformation of the airport network in a post-democratic era, and extensively consulting airlines, governments and industry bodies.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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