UK Airlines market report
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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Airlines market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.
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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?
Scope of this Report
This Report analyses:
- market trends
- leading airline brands
It also features detailed consumer analysis looking at:
- types and lengths of flights taken
- on-board food services
- smartphone bookings, willingness to pay for on-board services
- willingness to choose a stopover, or to fly to a secondary airport, for a discounted price
What you need to know
Airlines are facing uncertain times. Brexit is on the horizon and fuel costs are increasing. This could potentially increase costs for airlines, which will be passed onto the consumer. However, passenger numbers have been growing fairly steadily – in 2017, international passenger uplift grew by 6.7% to 241.7 million, while domestic passenger uplift grew by 1.8% to 22.9 million. Over the next five years, Mintel forecasts a slowdown in growth of overseas passenger numbers, while domestic passenger numbers are expected to pick up as businesses look inwards following Brexit.
In terms of airline brands, budget short-haul carriers are expected to continue to do well. However, low-cost long-haul carriers like Norwegian may struggle to sustain profitable business models as fuel costs rise. This has not gone unnoticed but IAG (owner of full-service and UK flag carrier British Airways) has still made substantial bids for Norwegian. Full-service operators recognise the threat that low-cost long-haul carriers pose, so an acquisition could be on the cards if Norwegian continues to struggle in the short term.
In terms of service offering, airlines are also experimenting with new ways to serve food on-board to bring out flavours, and change age-old negative perceptions of airline food. Meanwhile, smartphone bookings are growing at pace, as airlines invest more in mobile technology and consumers become more comfortable making transactions on their phones.
Expert analysis from a specialist in the field
Written by Fergal McGivney, a leading analyst in the Technology &Travel sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
Airlines face some challenging times over the next few years as Brexit approaches and fuel costs rise. While businesses are cutting back on travel, consumers are still hungry for holidays. However, they will be keeping an eye on spending as the Pound remains weak. Airlines that help consumers manage their spending will stand out from the crowd.
Senior Technology & Travel Analyst
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