Four Megatrends Impacting Aviation

Four megatrends reshape the aviation industry at its core. Independent Business Group (IBG) enables customers to use emerging opportunities and build a future-proof, optimized and sustainable aviation industry.


Digitalization permeates every link in the air transport value chain. From design of new aircraft via airspace control to passenger services. The strong growth of e-commerce leads to a large increase in transportation of goods across the globe, and on the operational side new digital innovations offer solutions for increased efficiency at the airports.


Globally, aviation accounts for about 2-3 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions. There is an increasing pressure on the industry to reduce its negative impact on the climate. Many passengers hesitate to fly, as opinion makers advocate other means of travel and advises against flying.


Decrease in passenger traffic

Between 2009 and 2019 air travel increased by 83 percent to some 4.5 billion passengers boarded. In 2020 this number dropped to 1.8 billion in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. Business travel, that showed signs of decline before the pandemic, came to a virtual stand-still. A quick return to pre pandemic levels is unlikely.

Alternative power sources and new techniques in flying

Aircraft manufacturers are pushing innovation to find renewable power sources. Electricity and hydrogen powered aircraft will be ready for commercial use before the end of the decade. Drones with vertical take-off and landing capabilities will reshape air transport within and between urban and rural.

IBG Operations Customer Values

Independent Business Group (IBG) – as experts in aviation infrastructure -enable stakeholders in the aviation industry to successfully navigate the megatrends reshaping the industry. Our core competence is to optimize airspace and airports from air traffic, regulatory, technical, financial, and sustainable perspectives.
Our clients are primarily airports and airport authorities, international organisations such as IATA, Eurocontrol and Airports Council International, municipalities, logistics companies and others keen to take a front position in the next phase of aviation. Since 2007, we have conducted some 80 successful projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

The IBG operations contribute to the following customer values:


When optimizing traffic at airports and in the lower air space, safety for everyone – from passengers, and staff, to citizens in the areas surrounding the airports – is the overarching priority. Required levels of safety can only be achieved through complex processes,


Optimization is IBG’s core competence. IBG ensures that take-offs and landing at the airports are carried out efficiently and ensures that all systems and processes involved operate efficiently and smoothly.

Reduction of Co2 emissions

IBG optimizes flightcorridors and processes related to take-off and landings. On the ground, we ensure on-time performance, that aircraft spend as little time as possible taxiing. In the air we optimize flight routes and airtraffic, optimizing the CO2-footprint per flight can decrease with as much as 20%. We support airports in energy efficiency, eg. by installing solar panels.

Implementation of new technologies

IBG is technology neutral. We help our clients embrace and adapt to relevant new technologies providing expertise in procurement, project management and integration.