Airlines Market Intelligence

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Report Coverage

  • Major Alliances in Airline Industry
  • List of the Top Global Airlines
  • Airline Profiles

Market Size

Market Size North America

$16.4 Bn

Market Size Europe

$11.5 Bn

Market Size Asia Pacific

$9 Bn

Market Size Middle East - Asia

$600 Mn

Table of contents

  1. Airlines Global Market Summary
  2. Airlines Global Trends​
  3. Airlines Supply Market Outlook​
  4. Airlines Demand Market Outlook​
  5. Airlines Category Strategy Recommendation​
  6. Airlines Category Opportunities & Risk​
  7. Airlines - Talking Points to Business​
  8. Impact on COVID-19 on Airlines Industry


  1. Airlines Market Analysis
  2. Airlines Market Maturity and Trends​
  3. Airlines Industry Trends​
  4. Airlines Drivers and Constraints​
  5. Airlines Regional Market Analysis​
  6. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis on Airlines


  1. Airlines Market Monitoring Insights
  2. Airlines Pricing Structure​
  3. Airlines Cost Analysis and Expected Savings​
  4. Airlines Pricing Components


  1. Airlines Supplier Section
  2. Airlines Supplier Landscape​
  3. Airlines - Key Global Suppliers​
  4. Airlines - Key Regional Suppliers​
  5. Airlines Supplier Profiling​
  6. Airlines - SWOT Analysis


  1. Airlines - Sustainability in Air Travel
  2. Airlines - Sustainability Initiatives by Suppliers​
  3. Airlines - Sustainability initiatives by Buyers


  1. Airlines Procurement Best Practices
  2. Airlines - Preferred Sourcing Model​
  3. Airlines - Preferred Pricing Model​
  4. Airlines - Preferred Engagement Model​
  5. Airlines - KPIs​
  6. Airlines - SLAs


  1. Airlines Travel Policy
  2. Airlines - Factors Considered When Framing a Travel Policy​
  3. Airlines Industry Benchmark of Key Travel Policy Components​
  4. Airlines - Changes to Travel Policy, Amid COVID-19


  1. Airlines Cost-Saving and Negotiation Levers
  2. Airlines Cost-saving Opportunities and Negotiation Levers​
  3. COVID-19-Specific Negotiation Levers - Airlines


  1. Airlines - RFP/RFI Questionnaire
  2. Airlines: RFP Builder

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Airlines Global Market Outlook

  • The global airlines industry contracted by 55 percent to reach 373 billion in 2020

  • The airline industry revenue is estimated to grow by 25–30 percent in 2021

  • Vaccines and testing, along with safety precautions, followed by airlines, might help to recover the global travel demand (measured by RPK) at ~40 percent of 2019 levels in 2021

Impact of COVID-19 on Airlines Industry

  • COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the airlines industry. The industry witnessed a 66 percent drop in demand and a total loss of $138 billion in 2020.

  • The demand for air travel is slowly picking up

  • Domestic travel is expected to reach pre-crisis levels in 2022

  • Carriers are issuing health passports to securely manage the health credentials and to ensure safe travel

  • Airlines are using advanced cleaning techniques and contactless technology, such as voice-activated screens, biometric scanners, etc., to curb the spread of virus

  • Airfares have started picking up gradually, but is still 5–10 percent lower than the pre-crisis levels

  • Countries have started accepting IATA travel pass. It helps travelers to understand travel requirements and present their verified travel health credentials, and hence, ensures a seamless travel

Global Airlines Market: Drivers and Constraints

The major drivers of airlines industry are advanced technology, reduction in airfares, and global nature of businesses. Low demand, due to the pandemic, availability of travel alternatives, and liquidity crisis, faced by airlines limits the growth.

Industry Drivers

  • Technology – Advanced cleaning techniques and touchless technology are expected to bring back the demand.

  • Reduction in airfares – Air fares have reduced over the years, which have made flying affordable.

  • Global nature of businesses often demands direct meetings leading to higher demand.


  • Uncertainty in the demand for travel, due to the impact of COVID-19.

  • Alternate to travel, like video conferencing and online meetings, is gaining prominence.

  • Airlines have accumulated financial obligations and are facing liquidity crisis.

Airlines Market Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the market worth of the global airline industry?
  2. As per Beroe’s market reports,
    - Middle East-Asia has a market worth of $600 Mn
    - The North American market is valued at $16.4 Bn 
    - The European airline market is valued at $11.5 Bn
    - The Asia Pacific market is valued $9 Bn


  1. Which key factors will help the airline industry to further drive their growth?
  2. The airline industry can see significant growth with the support of the government by implementing security standards, reasonable taxation, better regulation, and building cost-efficient infrastructure to keep up with the rising demands.


  1. What are the key trends in the global airline industry?
  2. Some of the key trends in the global airline industry are –
    - Traveler retention through loyalty programs by encouraging passengers to pay a premium
    - Demand for lower fares by passengers accompanied by unbundling of specific services like cabin upgrade, baggage, meal choices, etc.
    - Incorporation of fuel-efficient aircrafts to reduce costs
    - Focus on aircraft tracking and psychological fitness of the pilot
    - Development of next-generation payment solutions to improve customer satisfaction and convenience
    - Advancements in ancillary product offerings


  1. What are the major alliances in the airline industry?
  2. The major alliances in the airline industry are SkyTeam, Vanilla Alliance, The Star Alliance.
    - SkyTeam – the second largest alliance in the world formed in 2000
    - Vanilla Alliance – formed in 2015 to improve air connectivity within the Indian Ocean
    - Star Alliance – formed in 1997 and is the largest global alliance in terms of passenger count


  1. What are the impacts of airline alliances on the market?
  2. Airline alliances are formed between two or more airlines where they agree to cooperate on a substantial level. Air alliances provide branding to facilitate travels and make inter-airline codeshare connections within countries.

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