US Air Transport Service Revenues to Expand 4.3% Annually in Nominal Terms to 2022


Cleveland, OH, January 23, 2019 — US air transport service revenues are forecast to increase 4.3% annually in nominal terms through 2022, according to Air Transport Services: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Demand for passenger air travel and air freight is projected to increase as:

  • Rising disposable personal incomes drive gains in tourism, vacation, and other consumer-related travel such as visiting family.
  • The increasing availability of relatively inexpensive flights allows more consumers to afford air travel, boosting volume.
  • Expanding domestic and global economic activity and a dynamic trade environment boost the need for business-related travel and air freight.
  • Rising oil prices – expected through 2022 – place upward pressure on air transport rates and contribute to gains in value terms.

The increasing availability of high-quality and more feature-rich telecollaboration and teleconferencing solutions will continue to restrict faster gains in business travel.

Revenues for domestic scheduled passenger services are projected to rise 4.6% per year to 2022, remaining the largest and fastest-growing discrete segment. Demand is expected to grow as recreational travelers and businesspeople continue to enjoy rising disposable personal and business incomes. In addition, ultra-low-cost carriers will entice consumers who might not otherwise afford to fly, boosting the volume of travelers and total revenue.

These and other key insights are featured in Air Transport Services: United States. This report forecasts to 2022 US air transport service revenues in nominal US dollars. Total revenues are segmented by source in terms of:

  • domestic scheduled passenger
  • international scheduled passenger
  • domestic nonscheduled (i.e., chartered) passenger
  • international nonscheduled (i.e., chartered) passenger
  • domestic scheduled freight
  • international scheduled freight
  • other sources such as fees, nonscheduled (i.e., chartered) freight services, and specialty air transport services

To illustrate historical trends, total revenues, the various segments, the number of firms and establishments, and employment are provided in annual series from 2007 to 2017. In addition, industry expenses and net profit margin are provided in annual series from 2009 to 2017.

This report represents employer and nonemployer revenues for the US air transport service industry, which includes the revenues of US-headquartered firms as well as the revenues of foreign-headquartered firms for flights that land or take-off in the US. Notably, foreign-owned carriers may operate international flights to and from the US but cannot fly between US airports. Activities excluded from the scope of this report include crop dusting and fighting forest fires using specialized aircraft, specialized air sightseeing services, gathering of geophysical data, specialized flying schools, and recreation aviation clubs.

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