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- What is the business?
Commercial airlines provide scheduled air transportation of passengers and freight on domestic, regional and international routes. Airlines' activities typically also include ancillary services such as aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, as well as passenger catering.
- What are the main markets?
Recent economic growth in emerging countries has favoured the development of transportation infrastructures, while higher revenues and the integration in the global economy support demand for air transportation. Middle-Eastern and Asian airlines have grown rapidly, favoured by their strategic geographic positioning (Middle-Eastern Airlines), the importance of their domestic markets and substantial public support.
- Who are the key players?
The coming of age of Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) and the development of a new Ultra-LCC class of carriers have rapidly altered competition dynamics. In today's extremely competitive marketplace, traditional full-service airlines are pursuing reorganisation and cost efficiency initiatives. Most full-service carriers own/operate short-haul LCC airlines and are currently launching long-haul LCC arms.
- How intense is competition?
Despite having seen considerable consolidation in past decades, the degree of rivalry within the airline industry continues to intensify as new entrants and growing liberalisation create new contenders on previously protected markets/routes.