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Airports and Airlines Market Assessment

  • ID: 3482
  • January 1999
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Key Note Ltd
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The UK has one of the most developed air travel industries in the world. It is a mature industry with high levels of industrial concentration across most sectors including scheduled airlines, charter airlines and airports. The top five scheduled airlines account for 80% of passengers uplifted by UK scheduled airlines, the top four charter airlines control around 70% of the market, while the largest airport operator accounts for 70% of passengers.

Between 1994 and 1999, the number of terminal passengers at UK airports increased by 38%, to reach 169.2 million passengers. 78% of these passengers were on international flights. Over the period, domestic flight passengers have grown at a slightly higher rate than international passengers, partly due to the dampening of inbound demand from overseas visitors and the growth of low-cost, domestic services.

In 1999, there was no growth in the number of inbound visitors to the UK by air while the number of UK residents' visits overseas by air increased by 8%, despite no increase in demand for Air Inclusive Tour (AIT) packages in the summer. Between 1994 and 1999, the number of UK residents' visits overseas by air increased by 34% READ MORE >

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