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Airports/Air Travel Experiences - Ireland - October 2018

“The majority of Irish consumers would like to see a greater variety of dining options within airport terminals. Airport operators should therefore continue investing in developing their catering proposition and look to more unique food and drink concepts to create a unique experience, increase dwell time and boost spending within terminals.”
- James Wilson, Research Analyst

This Report looks at the following areas:

  • Air fares increasing in the UK/NI
  • Addressing Open Skies agreement crucial for UK aviation post-Brexit
  • Irish consumers ‘OK’ financially but they don’t have much left after basic expenditure
  • North Runway will boost Dublin Airport capacity and hub credentials
  • Companies, brands, and innovations
  • Consumers are most likely to travel by air for a holiday
  • Irish consumers flying via main international airports
  • Airport catering facilities popular
  • Own snacks offer Irish flyers better value

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Issues covered in this Report
      • Executive Summary

          • The market
            • Figure 1: Estimated total passengers travelling through Irish airports, NI and RoI, 2013-18
          • Forecast
            • Figure 2: Indexed estimated total passengers travelling through Irish airports, NI and RoI, 2013-23
          • Market factors
            • Air fares increasing in the UK/NI
              • Addressing Open Skies agreement crucial for UK aviation post-Brexit
                • Irish consumers ‘OK’ financially but they don’t have much left after basic expenditure
                  • North Runway will boost Dublin Airport capacity and hub credentials
                    • Companies, brands, and innovations
                      • The consumer
                        • Consumers are most likely to travel by air for a holiday
                          • Figure 3: Frequency and purpose of air travel in the last 12 months, NI, September 2018
                          • Figure 4: Frequency and purpose of air travel in the last 12 months, RoI, September 2018
                        • Irish consumers flying via main international airports
                          • Figure 5: Airports used in the last 12 months, NI, September 2018
                          • Figure 6: Airports used in the last 12 months, RoI, September 2018
                        • Airport catering facilities popular
                          • Figure 7: Activities undertaken while at an airport, NI and RoI, September 2018
                        • Own snacks offer Irish flyers better value
                          • Figure 8: Agreement with statements relating to air travel, NI and RoI, September 2018
                        • What we think
                        • The Market – What You Need to Know

                          • Irish airports will see continued passenger growth in 2018
                            • UK/NI consumers facing higher air fares
                              • Irish consumers do not have a lot left after paying bills
                                • North Runway to expand capacity at Dublin Airport
                                • Market Size and Forecast

                                    • Passenger numbers to Irish airports to grow in 2018
                                      • Figure 9: Estimated total passengers (in millions) travelling through Irish airports, IoI, NI, and RoI, 2013-23
                                    • Irish consumers travelling through main airports
                                      • Figure 10: Breakdown of passengers travelling through NI airports, 2017
                                      • Figure 11: Breakdown of passengers travelling through RoI airports, 2017
                                    • Growth in passenger numbers to continue through 2023
                                      • Figure 12: Indexed estimated total passengers travelling through Irish airports, NI and RoI, 2013-23
                                  • Market Drivers

                                    • Air fares rising in the UK/NI
                                      • Figure 13: Average yearly inflation rate of air passenger transport, UK (including NI), 2014-18
                                    • Air travel fares fall in RoI in 2018
                                      • Figure 14: Average yearly inflation rate of air passenger transport, RoI, 2014-18
                                    • NI consumers increased their usage of RoI airports
                                      • Figure 15: If consumers have taken more cross-border trips to use airports/seaports in the last 12 months, NI and RoI, September 2017
                                    • Ownership laws could cause airlines problems post-Brexit
                                      • Irish consumers are ‘OK’ financially
                                        • Figure 16: Financial health of Irish consumers, NI, September 2017-September 2018
                                        • Figure 17: Financial health of Irish consumers, RoI, September 2017-September 2018
                                      • Funding under pressure at City of Derry Airport
                                        • easyJet launches ‘Air Time’
                                          • Dublin Airport begins work on North Runway
                                            • BA improves flight connections service
                                            • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                              • Mixed fortunes for Irish airports
                                                • Lufthansa Group rolls out electronic bag tags
                                                  • Deliveroo trialled in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport
                                                    • Dublin Airport’s Pier 4 to improve flight connections
                                                    • Who’s Innovating?

                                                      • Deliveroo food and beverage service trialled at Schiphol airport
                                                        • Lufthansa Group embraces reusable, electronic bag tags
                                                          • Gatwick Airport partners with peer-to-peer car rental start-up, Car & Away
                                                            • Translation technology trialled by Air New Zealand
                                                            • Competitive Strategies – Key Players

                                                                • Airport operators
                                                                  • Belfast International Airport
                                                                    • Key facts
                                                                      • Destination portfolio
                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                          • City of Derry Airport
                                                                            • Key facts
                                                                              • Destination guide
                                                                                • Recent development
                                                                                  • Dublin Airport Authority
                                                                                    • Key facts
                                                                                      • Destination portfolio
                                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                                          • George Best Belfast City Airport
                                                                                            • Key facts
                                                                                              • Destination portfolio
                                                                                                • Recent developments
                                                                                                  • Ireland West Airport (Knock)
                                                                                                    • Key facts
                                                                                                      • Destination portfolio
                                                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                                                          • Kerry Airport Plc.
                                                                                                            • Key facts
                                                                                                              • Destination portfolio
                                                                                                                • Recent developments
                                                                                                                  • Shannon Airport Authority
                                                                                                                    • Key facts
                                                                                                                      • Destination portfolio
                                                                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                                                                          • Airlines
                                                                                                                            • Aer Lingus
                                                                                                                              • Key facts
                                                                                                                                • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                  • British Airways
                                                                                                                                    • Key facts
                                                                                                                                      • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                        • Flybe
                                                                                                                                          • Key facts
                                                                                                                                            • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                              • Ryanair
                                                                                                                                                • Key facts
                                                                                                                                                  • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                    • Stobart Air
                                                                                                                                                      • Key facts
                                                                                                                                                        • Recent developments
                                                                                                                                                        • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                                                                                                                                          • Irish consumers travelling by air for holidays
                                                                                                                                                            • Irish consumers most likely to fly via main airports
                                                                                                                                                              • Irish consumers visiting airport cafés and coffee shops
                                                                                                                                                                • Bringing own snacks considered better value when travelling by air
                                                                                                                                                                • Frequency and Purpose of Air Travel

                                                                                                                                                                    • Holidays the main reason for air travel
                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 18: Frequency and purpose of air travel in the last 12 months, NI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                    • Affluent consumers travelling by air multiple times a year when taking a holiday
                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 19: Frequency of air travel in the last 12 months when taking a holiday or leisure trip, NI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                    • RoI consumers flying up to twice a year for holidays
                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 20: Frequency and purpose of air travel in the last 12 months, RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                    • 25-44-year-olds travelling by air to visit friends and family
                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 21: Consumers who travelled by air once in the last 12 months to visit friends or relatives, by age, RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                  • Airports Used

                                                                                                                                                                      • Belfast International Airport most used by NI consumers
                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 22: Airports used in the last 12 months, NI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                      • Women and 25-44-year-olds the main users of Belfast International Airport
                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 23: Consumers who have used Belfast International Airport in the last 12 months, by gender and age, NI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                      • RoI consumers prefer travelling from Dublin Airport
                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 24: Airports used in the last 12 months, RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                      • Dublin Airport mainly used by greater Dublin area residents
                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 25: Consumers who have used Dublin Airport in the last 12 months, by location, RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                    • Airport Activities

                                                                                                                                                                        • Airport coffee shops popular among Irish consumers
                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 26: Activities undertaken while at an airport, NI and RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                        • Young consumers visiting airport pubs and bars
                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 27: Consumers who have visited a pub or bar while at an airport, by age, NI and RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                        • Heavy internet users connecting to airport Wi-Fi
                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 28: Consumers who have made use of onsite Wi-Fi internet provisions while at an airport, by daily internet usage, NI and RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 29: Activities undertaken while at an airport, by gender, NI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 30: Activities undertaken while at an airport, by gender, RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                      • Attitudes towards Air Travel

                                                                                                                                                                          • Bringing own snacks on flights better value for consumers
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 31: Agreement with statements relating to air travel, NI and RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                          • Affluent consumers interested in paying for priority security
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 32: Agreement with the statement ‘It is worth paying more for priority security checking (eg Security FastTrack)’, by social class, NI and RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                          • Parents looking for wider range of goods in duty free stores
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 33: Agreement with the statement ‘There should be a wider variety of goods available in duty free stores’, by presence of children in the household, NI and RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                          • Receiving flight information to phones appeals to Millennials
                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 34: Agreement with the statement ‘I would like push-notifications to my phone with flight information while in the airport’, by gender and age, NI and RoI, September 2018
                                                                                                                                                                        • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations, and Supporting Information

                                                                                                                                                                          • Data sources
                                                                                                                                                                            • Market size rationale
                                                                                                                                                                              • Generational cohort definitions
                                                                                                                                                                                • Abbreviations

                                                                                                                                                                                Airports/Air Travel Experiences - Ireland - October 2018

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