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Airports in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Airports Market Research Report | SIC H52.230 | Jun 2016

Little turbulence: The industry has grown in recent years, despite occasional volatility

IBISWorld’s Airports market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Gatwick Airport Limited Gatwick Airport Limited market share
Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd market share
Manchester Airports Group Manchester Airports Group market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Large airports have performed well, but many smaller operators have come under pressure
  • The industry is subject to heavy regulations, affecting pricing and thereby revenue performance
  • Changes to landing charges are likely to significantly enhance competition in and around London
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Airports industry consists of operators that administrate international, national, civil or military airports or public flying fields, as well as 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 airline industries as operators provide support activities to both passenger and freight operators. Airports have increasingly diversified their sources of revenue, expanding into other commercial markets, such as retail concessions, other property and car parking facilities... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Airports in the United Kingdom have numerous diverse stakeholders and are an important part of the national infrastructure, attracting a significant amount of political and media interest. As a result, the industry is subject to stringent regulations that can restrict industry growth. The levels of regulation are substantially higher for the major airports in the industry, particularly those around the South East of England, which account for the dominant share of all air passenger movement in and out of the United Kingdom. Nonetheless, all operators in the industry are dependent on changes to total air passenger numbers, as airports require strong demand from airlines to thrive. Pas.. 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... purchase to read more


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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.

    Industry Products
    AeronauticsRetail concessionsCar parking and transport revenueAircraft servicesAir traffic control
    Industry Activities
    Operating airport terminalsControlling air trafficPerforming ground service activities

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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
  • Rough ascent
  • High regulation
  • Competition and closures
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Fuel costs
  • Pressing charges
  • Capacity changes
  • Table: Airports Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Airports Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Scheduled Passenger Air Transport
  • Non-Scheduled Passenger Air Transport
  • Freight Air Transport
  • Car Rental & Leasing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Air Transport Equipment Rental & Leasing
  • General Public Administration Activities
  • Private Security Activities
  • Road & Motorway Construction
  • Products & Services
  • Aeronautics
  • Retail concessions
  • Aircraft services
  • Car parking and transport revenue
  • Other
  • Air traffic control
  • Chart: Airports Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Scheduled UK airlines
  • Scheduled overseas airlines
  • Retailers
  • Passengers
  • Chartered UK airlines
  • Other
  • Chartered overseas airlines
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Airports Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Airports
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Airports Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd
    Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd
    Gatwick Airport Limited
  • Table: Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Gatwick Airport Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Airports Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    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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    This report on Airports:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • 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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