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.