About us

NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants), a company of Royal HaskoningDHV, is a world-leading airport consultancy and engineering firm with over 70 years’ experience working in the aviation and air transport industry – from major landmark designs to smaller regional airports.
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Shaping the future of aviation – through expertise and innovation

As aviation enters a new era, we are at the forefront – pioneering aviation solutions that meet the challenges our industry will face in the next decade and beyond.

Because aviation innovation is in our DNA. Our heritage starts with the One-Terminal concept that we introduced at Schiphol Airport in the 1960s. From there we’ve only accelerated - guiding our clients through the ever-changing, fast-paced industry. Together, we achieve the ultimate goal: a premium quality experience for passengers, stakeholders, and staff.

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International experience, regional insight

With project experience in locations around the world, we have developed a deep understanding of global aviation trends and the bespoke needs of individual regions and nations. Through our impartial expertise, we deliver solutions in this local context, while adhering to international standards.

Meet our team

Esther Kromhout

Esther Kromhout

Director NACO

Esther Kromhout leads the NACO team as Business Unit Director of Aviation. With over 15 years experience in the industry, she has worked in a wide variety of projects, cultures, and countries.

Having worked at Royal HaskoningDHV for over 20 years, Esther’s portfolio includes secondments at clients such as the Government of Gibraltar and the Aruba Airport Authority.


Tom Mockett

Tom Mockett

Director of Aviation Strategy

As Director of Aviation Strategy, Tom Mockett leads the Business Development, Strategy and Smart Aviation team at NACO where he is primarily responsible for three major themes: Smart Assets and Operations, Sustainability and Climate Resilience, and Passenger/Customer Experience. He supports the Aviation leadership team in the development and implementation of the strategic objectives and contributes to the development and execution of annual business plans, vision and strategy. His team work towards expanding our consultancy, planning & design portfolio in new areas by exploring Digital Services.

Tom supports the Business Unit Director in further implementing the new strategy by guiding the business developers in positioning Royal HaskoningDHV Aviation at C-level with our clients. Tom has widespread expertise in airport development, infrastructure, terminal planning, landside access, masterplanning, cargo and strategy.


Tessel Severs

Tessel Severs

Director Strategy, Planning & Building Design

Tessel Severs leads the Strategy, Planning and Building Design Department at NACO where he is responsible for bringing together the commercial, strategic planning and design related aspects of airports and delivering integrated, tailored services to our Clients. Tessel is an experienced project manager and airport operations specialist and has also led the company’s business in Africa as well as its special airport systems group. He also has experience in delivering a number of development and rehabilitation projects in addition to operational studies for civil and military airports across the EU, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and CIS. Tessel holds a Masters in Civil Engineering.


Gerard van der Veer

Gerard van der Veer

Director Airport Building Design The Netherlands

Gerard van der Veer is Director of Airport Building Design, Netherlands. Gerard has architectural expertise, primarily in airport design and functional analysis, and specializes in airport passenger simulations and wayfinding.

Having worked at NACO for over 20 years, Gerard has held the role of Director of Airport and Planning for every project that the company has been involved in at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.


Jelmer van der Meer

Jelmer van der Meer

Director Airport Civil Engineering

Jelmer van de Meer is Director of Airport Civil Engineering, responsible for planning, design and implementation for airport infrastructure projects.

Jelmer has steered the NACO Civil Engineering team through major airport developments in Abu Dhabi (MTC) and Mexico City (NAICM). With more than 10 years of experience in the industry, he has been involved in all facets of airport infrastructure development, ranging from planning studies and design and engineering to construction management.


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