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Rico Merkert

Rico Merkert

PhD Leeds MSc TU Berlin/NHH Bergen
Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management

Room 1121
C13 - St James Campus
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 (0)2 9114 1883
Fax +61 2 9114 1722


Dr Rico Merkert is Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at The University of Sydney, Australia. Rico is Deputy Chair of the ITLS Graduate Program Committee, Associate Editor of the Journal of Air Transport Management (JATM), a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an appointed member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing Committee on Light Commercial and General Aviation. Whilst being a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds he undertook and received a PhD in rail transport economics. His PhD and also more recent studies were heavily influenced by a research visit at Hass Business School and various meetings with Nobel Prize winner Professor Oliver Williamson. Rico has taught at various high profile institutions including Cranfield University, where he was a Lecturer in Air Transport Economics and Management and Head of the Centre for Air Transport in Remoter Regions, before joining ITLS/The University of Sydney Business School in March 2012. He has been involved in a number of projects on benchmarking, transport economics, policy and management (including strategy, organisation and finance) for a range of clients such as the European Commission, ORR, DFT and a number of major airlines. Rico has worked in the automotive industry, and has researched both the aviation and the rail transport sector for more than ten years. Most of his recent projects focused on the efficient management of airlines, the management of various elements of the aviation value chain as well as benchmarking and cost efficiency analysis of airlines and airports.

Newsroom articles

  • Abbott confirms Badgerys Creek for Sydney's second airport 15 Apr 2014

    The Conversation

    Dr Rico Merkert is quoted in a piece published in the Conversation about the announcement of a second Sydney airport in Badgerys Creek.

  • Does Qantas have substantial financial resources? 05 Mar 2014

    SBS Radio Business Insider

    Aviation Management expert Dr. Rico Merkert was interviewed on the SBS Radio Business Insider Program claiming Qantas has billions of dollars in financial reserves.

  • Qantas speeds up fleet overhaul 25 Feb 2014

    The Australian

    The Australian reports that Qantas is tipped to accelerate the retirement of its older planes as part of $2 billion in cost cuts expected to touch every area of the company. Rico Merkert was quoted in the article.

  • Labor's support for second airport curfew comes under fire 18 Feb 2014

    Sydney Morning Herald

    Labor's support for a curfew on a second airport at Badgerys Creek is coming under fire from experts and business groups who say it would undermine the project. Dr Rico Merkert is quoted in the article.

  • Ownership cap is not Qantas's only problem 11 Dec 2013

    The Australian

    Dr Rico Merkert explores how the events in recent days and weeks have led to Qantas' senior management pleading for federal government assistance at various levels.

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