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Global Airline and Tourism Growth Opportunities

  • Report
  • 42 Pages
  • June 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5633447

Transformative Mega Trends and Industry Convergence through Airline Partnerships Drive Tourism Growth

This study investigates the relationship between popular tourist destinations and the airline agreements of their top carriers, identifying each destination’s primary source countries of international tourism. Europe topped the list of 10 destinations as the most popular tourist region in 2019, with 5 European countries having a footfall of more than 39 million international tourists each. From the study’s analysis, the 10 tourist destinations are found to have undertaken measures and drawn up plans for tourism recovery in their countries. Another key observation indicates that these destinations have a robust aviation network comprising a major full-service carrier (usually the country’s flag carrier) and at least one low-cost carrier connecting them with a nearby source country of tourism.

This study found airline agreements to play an essential role in supporting tourism growth. Because airlines monitor tourist activity, most have secured multiple levels of partnerships with airlines from top source countries to capitalize on the booming tourism industry. This study provides an overview of various airline partnerships, including interline agreements, codeshare agreements, airline alliances, and joint venture agreements.


  • What was the pandemic impact on the tourism industry, and what steps have some countries taken for tourism recovery?
  • Which destinations are the most popular for international tourists?
  • What are the different airline agreements currently in existence?
  • How are airlines using their agreements to position themselves in top tourist markets?
  • Which regions have not fully capitalized on their top source countries of international tourism, and how can airlines utilize this growth opportunity?

Table of Contents

1. Strategic Imperatives
  • Why is it Increasingly Difficult to Grow?
  • The Strategic Imperative 8™
  • The Impact of the Top Strategic 3 Imperatives on the Airline and Tourism Industries
  • Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine™
2. Tourist Destinations
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Global Tourism
  • Initiatives and Efforts to Improve Tourism
3. Airline Agreements
  • Introduction and Interline Agreements
  • Codeshare Agreements
  • Airline Alliances
  • Joint Ventures
4. Airline Agreements in Top Tourist Destinations
  • France
  • Spain
  • United States
  • China
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates
5. Growth Opportunity Analysis
  • Growth Drivers
  • Growth Drivers Analysis
  • Growth Restraints
  • Growth Restraints Analysis
6. Growth Opportunity Universe
  • Growth Opportunity 1 - Adoption of Managed Virtual Interlining Solutions
  • Growth Opportunity 2 - Multifaceted Partnership between Air France and easyJet on UK-France Routes
  • Growth Opportunity 3 - Partnership between Aeromexico and a UK-based Regional Airline
  • List of Exhibits
  • Legal Disclaimer

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Aeromexico 
  • Air France
  • easyJet