Turbulence expected: Industry growth is forecast despite post-referendum uncertainty

The Airports industry consists of operators that administrate international, national, civil or military airports, or public flying fields. The industry also includes businesses that support airports by offering services such as air traffic control and ground service activities. The industry is largely dependent on the performance of UK airlines as operators provide support activities to both passenger and freight operators. In recent years, airports have increasingly diversified their sources of revenue, expanding into other commercial markets such as retail concessions, other property and car parking facilities.Growing demand from UK and international travellers over the past five years has helped reinvigorate aeronautical and retail income...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£9.6bn
Annual Growth 15-20
2.1%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
53,888
Businesses
942

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite post-referendum uncertainty, growth is forecast to continue over the next five years
  • To protect against drone threats, many airports have spent a large amount of capital on early warning systems
  • Despite short-term concerns regarding capacity, many airports are planning major expansions
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Airports and other air transport services in the United Kingdom tend to be located close to large urban populations and areas with high levels of economic activity. However, regulation and noise level concerns often cause them to be located at a distance from heavily urbanised areas. Good infrastructure links and environmental considerations can also determine where airports are located.The South EastThe South East is the closest region to mainland Europe and has the largest share of the UK population. The area is home to a large number of aerodromes and the largest station of the Royal Air Force, RAF Brize Norton. The second busiest UK airport, Gatwick, is also located here, as are a number of smaller airports, such as Lydd, Oxford, Rochester and Southampton. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Airports Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Airports Industry are

  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from scheduled passenger air transport and Demand from freight air transport in the Airports industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Airports Industry?

    This industry includes businesses operating international, national or civil airports or public flying fields. It also includes operators that support airports by offering services such as air traffic control and ground service activities. This industry also includes services to military air operations.

    Industry Products
  • Aeronautics
  • Retail concessions
  • Car parking
  • Aircraft services
  • Air traffic control
  • Property
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating airport terminals
  • Controlling air traffic
  • Performing ground service activities
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from scheduled passenger air transport
  • Demand from freight air transport
  • Demand from non-scheduled passenger air transport
  • Business confidence index
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Gradual descent
  • Other income
  • Regulatory framework
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Pressing charges
  • Expanding horizons
  • Taking off
  • Table: Airports Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Airports Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Scheduled Passenger Air Transport
  • Non-Scheduled Passenger Air Transport
  • Freight Air Transport

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Air Transport Equipment Rental & Leasing
  • General Public Administration Activities
  • Private Security Activities
  • Road & Motorway Construction

  • Products & Services
  • Aeronautics
  • Retail concessions
  • Air traffic control
  • Car parking
  • Aircraft services
  • Property
  • Other
  • Chart: Airports Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Scheduled airlines
  • Retailers
  • Passengers
  • Other
  • Chartered airlines
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Airports Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    WagesPurchasesProfitDepreciationMarketingRentUtilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Airports

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Airports Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd, NATS Holdings Ltd, Gatwick Airport Limited,
  • Table: Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: NATS Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Gatwick Airport Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Airports Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Airports Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Fixed-Base Operator
  • A private enterprise that provides aircraft refuelling, taxis, parking, hangar space and ramps.
  • Mainline Flight
  • A flight that is run by an airline's main operating unit.
  • Market Power Test
  • A Civil Aviation Authority test determining whether the airport operator has, or is likely to acquire, substantial market power in a market.
  • Passenger Traffic
  • The volume of passengers that pass through British airport terminals.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Airports market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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