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In-flight Catering Services Market worth over $21bn by 2027

  • Published Date: August 18, 2021

In-flight Catering Services Market size is set to surpass USD 21 billion by 2027, according to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc.

The Middle East region is an aviation bridge due to its strategic location and liberalized market conditions. The region has developed into an international hub as it connects long-haul flights from the East and West. Strategic growth in airport traffic and capacity expansions have triggered the growth of the regional airline industry in the past few years, positively influencing the sector growth in the coming years.

The Middle East is expected to account for over 15% international passenger traffic growth by 2040. In the next two decades, passenger traffic in the Middle East is likely to grow at a CAGR of 5%. This will generate the need for approximately 3,000 commercial airplanes and 64,000 pilots in the same period. Furthermore, various countries in this region are investing huge amounts of money to enhance the growth of the regional aerospace sector.


On the other hand, stringent government regulations pertaining to airline catering might hamper the global in-flight catering services market in the near future. The industry has witnessed major downturn in 2020 owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Massive decline in the number of air travelers was observed in 2020 as compared to 2019 attributed to the temporary suspension of international as well as domestic travels coupled with mobility restrictions and nationwide lockdowns. However, the industry is likely to rebound in the next couple of years once the government bodies relax the stringent mandates implemented as a preventive measure against COVID-19 outbreak.


Browse key industry insights spread across 140 pages with 128 market data tables & 22 figures & charts from the report, “In-flight Catering Services Market Size By Aircraft Seating Class (Economy-class, Business-class, First-class), By Source (In-house, Outsource), By Food Type (Meal, Bakery & Confectionery, Beverages), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Application Development, Competitive Landscape & Forecast, 2021 – 2027” in detail along with the table of contents:

In-flight Catering Services Market Share, By Aircraft Seating

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The business class segment in the in-flight catering services market will capture 23% of revenue share by 2027 on account of the rising penetration of high-net-worth individuals across the world. According to the statistics provided by World Ultra Wealth Report, the number of ultra-high net worth individuals has grown by 3.5% in 2017, which will further grow considerably over coming years. Increasing trade between economies, rising business expansion activities, and growing tourism sector have created the need for business class passengers over past few years. Such trends will drive product demand in the business class segment over coming years. The in-house segment will occupy a lower share of the global market during the forecast period.

Beverage segment held for 19% of the in-flight catering services market share in 2020. Most of the airline companies offer a variety of beverages ranging from teas, coffees, juices to alcohol to enhance the experience of passengers. Nowadays, many airlines are revitalizing their beverage menus to curb the negative impact of low cabin pressure and humidity. These beverages offer nourishment and aid in reducing dehydration, stress, fatigue, and onboard germs. Additionally, many nutrient-rich beverages are served while considering the changing dietary habits of people.

Europe in-flight catering services market size will reach USD 5.3 billion by 2027 led by the high demand from the Eastern Europe region. Eastern Europe is expanding capacity over the past few years and this trend is likely to continue in future. Moreover, the rising popularity of inexpensive long-haul flights will contribute to Europe’s aviation sector’s growth. Continuously growing airport infrastructures combined with increasing government spending will fuel the Europe market to garner a huge demand for in-flight catering services over the coming years.

Partnerships and acquisitions to augment the competitive advantage

Key companies functioning in the market are Gate Gourmet, Saudi Airlines Catering, LSG Group, Dnata, Servair, Goddard Catering Group, Newrest Catering, Royal Holdings, Journey Group PLC, DO & CO, SATS Ltd, Emirates Flight Catering, and ANA Catering Service Co. Ltd. A few service providers are primarily focused on partnerships as well as acquisitions to strengthen their market position.

Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Sayan Mukherjee