Zweed From Netherlands, joined Apr 2004, 455 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2585 times:
Let your mind go free. What do you think the airline industry in Europe will look like in 10 years time?
I reckon we have a couple strong bg actors. BA, LH and AF/KLM. These are dominating the market and smaller actors such as SAS, Alitalia (if they survive), Finnair has more or less been taken over by one of these big actors.
Scandinavian for example, they will be a company under direct Controll of LH, just as KLM under Air France.
The big airports in Europe have gone bigger, and 90% of all long-haul traffic will go through one of these airports.
Traffic increased heavily to Asia and South America since we have lots of emerging markets and economies there, Lots of money to be made.
When it comes to LCC, the glory days are over. But those who survived are strong, very strong. Easyjet, Ryanair and Virgin have a big marketshare there.
Mischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2531 times:
I must agree with you Zweed. SAS will probably be controlled by LH but they will still certainly stand for the nice Scandinavian standard and reliability. I don't think LH will acquire the SAS fleet in it's own, just control them. As for LCCs I also agree with you there. Now when Europe is becoming smaller with the EU the European airlines will also disappear and be taken over by the biggies. But mark my words SAS will survive till that happens.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2404 times:
There will be 2 large airlines, 3 at most.
Air Farce, Lufthansa and maybe British Airways (if they haven't been sold to either AF, LH or some American partner like AA by then).
Number of international airports will decrease drastically as the smaller countries get absorbed into becoming colonies of Germany and France with international (meaning outside the EU) flights being scrapped and their airports reduced to become clearinghouses for CDG and Frankfurt/Main.