Thijs Boonekamp is senior researcher aviation at SEO Amsterdam Economics. He has 8 years’ experience in applied economic research in the aviation industry. Thijs is specialised in air connectivity analysis, consumer benefit and welfare analysis and economic impact assessments. He is well involved in recent developments in the aviation industry. Thijs holds a MSc in econometrics and operations research.
Thijs has been involved in both national and international research projects. He was responsible for the modelling in the Destination 2050 project: the European industry roadmap to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. In addition, Thijs conducted various economic impact assessments, in studies for IATA and the UK Airports Commission. In these studies he assessed the economic impact of airport expansion, airspace modernisation and the impact of aviation taxes. Moreover, he has been involved in studies commissioned by ACI EUROPE, Royal Schiphol Group, the Dutch Government and the European Commission on various quantitative and qualitative research projects. Research topics include: the impact of capacity constraints on air fares and traffic composition, the impacts of airport charges increases and assessing the welfare contribution of individual air routes. Thijs has also been responsible for the modelling of the impacts on various sustainability measures on CO2 emissions, passenger demand and air connectivity.
Thijs is responsible for the development of SEO’s in-house connectivity model NetScan, as well as the NetCost passenger choice model. The latter model is applied for economic impact assessments and scenario analyses.
In addition, Thijs publishes in acadamic journals, among others on the development of a connectivity model for air cargo, and estimating air passenger flows based on regional-economic data.
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