Chris Lyle

Team Leader

Our Chief Executive is Chris Lyle, former ranking career staffer at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), whose responsibilities encompassed the economic regulation activities of the Organization as well as leadership of its strategic planning activities.

Since leaving ICAO in 2003 to establish Air Transport Economics, Chris has retained close links with the Organization as Representative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to ICAO and has broadened his experience to encompass a range of tourism and aviation issues. These have included heading up studies for integrated aviation and tourism policy for Seychelles and for the Southern African Development Community, and work on essential service and tourism development routes, security and facilitation (Board Member of Simplifying Passenger Travel), avian and H1N1 influenza preparedness, machine-readable travel documents (including biometrics and e-visas), travel advisories, economic impact assessment and market intelligence, crisis management, resilience and recovery. Chris has become increasingly active in climate change adaptation and mitigation policy measures for travel and tourism, developing and preparing documents and giving presentations in a wide range of fora including the global Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Davos and the ICAO Assembly in 2007, the prestigious Wilton Park Conference on Aviation: Post Kyoto Control Structures in 2008, and the ICAO High-Level Meeting on International Aviation and Climate Change in 2009. Chris is a Senior Policy Adviser to the Sierra Club of Canada and Québec (where he is known as "The Green Baron") and has links with CAPA (Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation), the Icarus Foundation and the World Economic Forum.

A graduate of Cambridge University with post-graduate in operational research, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Chris started his aviation career in the operational and marketing research departments of British Airways. He also worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa prior to his progressive career with ICAO.

Chris has represented ICAO and the World Tourism Organization at many international meetings, including the Assemblies of both Organizations, the IATA Annual General Meeting, as well as Airports Council International and the Council for Trade in Services of the World Trade Organization. Chris is a frequently invited speaker in international fora and author of a number of articles on the economic and environmental regulation of air transport. He has extensive experience in the field and a "hands on" capacity.


A range of Associates are available worldwide to work with our team, tailored to the requirements of the project concerned. Associates include established global and regional establishments with aviation database and analytical skills, who work with us on a sub-contracted or partnership basis, as well as freelance consultants and academics with substantive government, air carrier or service provider expertise in international air transport

Support Staff

Technical support including computer-communications, web services, financial, accounting and secretarial services, is provided from our base in Canada.


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