Issue 35 now available!

The shape of international aviation markets in 2025

  • Long haul low cost in the ascendance
  • Top 20 international airports in 2025

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In this issue

Regions

The Middle East long haul markets

The future will involve partnerships, and some new large hub carriers. Looking back in 2025, the Middle East might appear little changed from 2016: the world will be aghast, and some displeased, that three Gulf airlines and a fourth (not strictly from the Arabian peninsula but with favourable geography and a domestic market) have defied the odds to become global airlines with high growth, and more to come.

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Regions

Latin America: Weak economies offer opportunities for foreign investment that will reshape policies

Despite the current economic slump sweeping much of Latin America, the region remains one of the most promising for air travel expansion over the next decade.

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Analysis

China’s airlines begin to dominate North Pacific markets – and to leverage transfer options

Despite a capacity restricted environment, Shanghai Pudong, along with Beijing and other Chinese airports and their home airlines, are redefining the trans-Pacific market.

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Analysis

Europe-Asia appears likely to be a truly innovative and world changing market

Air traffic between Europe and Asia has achieved consistently moderate growth, unlike the high speed to rapid expansion between Asia and North America.

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Regions

Africa’s international market: vision 2025

Route evolution in African international markets has always been defined by intra-African protectionist policies that cause long haul route networks to focus on Europe and, more recently, the Gulf. 

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Regions

South Pacific markets will be defined by China’s expansion

The nature of the region’s geography makes finding the right partners for South Pacific airlines essential for survival in international long haul markets – as most are.

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Opinion

Digital Transformation of the Airline Business

Digitising the Airline Business: why and how, presented in the last issue of Airline Leader, raised some questions about the “how” part of my commentary.

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Feature

The world’s top 20 international airports in 2025 will mostly reflect hub connectivity expansion

There is a variety of factors that will influence the evolution of international airport leaders over the next decade.

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Analysis

Europe to North America in 2025: A gradual evolution

Immunised joint ventures (JVs) appear likely to continue to dominate the North Atlantic, although their share will fall as LCCs and leisure airlines grow faster from a much smaller base level – assuming the market remains sufficiently liberal.

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Feature

Long haul low cost in the ascendance; an unpredicted feature of long haul international travel

One of the undoubted game changers in long haul markets will be long haul low cost operations.

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