Worldwide airlines market share to achieve USD 473.91 Billion by 2032: Report by PMR

Airlines Market Size Worth $473.91 Billion By 2032 | CAGR: 3.53%

The global airlines market size is expected to reach USD 473.91 billion by 2032, according to a new study by Polaris Market Research. The report “Airlines Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Transport Type (Domestic, and International); By Application; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024- 2032” gives a detailed insight into current market dynamics and provides analysis on future market growth.

The aviation sector encompasses companies that offer transportation services through air travel for both passengers and cargo. These airlines may either own or lease aircraft to provide these services and sometimes engage in partnerships with other airlines for mutual benefits. Companies operating in this sector typically hold licenses issued by government aviation authorities or possess air operating certificates. The industry encompasses a diverse range of services, ranging from single-aircraft operations for cargo or mail delivery to full-service airlines with extensive international operations and multiple aircraft types. Airlines are categorized based on the scope of their services, including intra-continental, domestic, regional, intercontinental, or international operations, and may operate on either a charter or scheduled basis.

While airborne passenger and cargo traffic experienced a notable increase over the past few years, the global airlines industry witnessed a decline in recent years. Factors such as fluctuating fuel prices, intensified competition, and the impact of COVID-19 have exerted a downward influence on industry earnings. Nevertheless, prior to the pandemic, the industry benefited from a surge in global per capita income and favorable macroeconomic indicators, driving substantial demand for airline passenger transportation.

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In recent years, there has been a surging demand in the tourism industry. This not only directly drives the demand for air travel but also contributes to a broader economic ecosystem that benefits the airline industry. This synergy between tourism and aviation is a significant factor in the continued growth and prosperity of the airline sector.

Further, the airline industry's efficiency, speed, and global reach are instrumental in driving an increase in cross-border trade. It facilitates the movement of goods across borders, supporting various industries and contributing to the growth of the global economy.

Domestic airlines are further propelled by the expansion of fleets, a growing appetite for fuel-efficient planes, continuous advancements in aviation technology, such as the utilization of lightweight carbon composites in aircraft production and an uptick in the volume of air travelers.

Airlines Market Report Highlights

  • Domestic segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022, which is mainly driven by its low air fares and increasing standard of living.
  • Freight segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the projected period on account rapid increase movement of goods across borders, supporting international trade and supply chains.
  • Asia Pacific region dominated the market with a majority share in 2022, owing to increasing support from governments, and a robust population.
  • The global key market players include British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines.

Polaris Market Research has segmented the airlines market report based on transport type, application, and region:

Airlines, Transport Type Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Domestic
  • International

Airlines, Application Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • Passenger
  • Freight

Airlines, Regional Outlook (Revenue - USD Billion, 2019 - 2032)

  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Israel
  • South Africa

Airlines Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 354.79 billion

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 473.91 billion


3.53% from 2022 – 2030

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments covered

By Transport Type, By Application, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America; Middle East & Africa


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