does anyone have any idea how many airlines there will be in say 20/30 years time, or even 50 years time. Is it likely that there will only be like 1 major airline per continent or 1 or 2 airlines for the whole world? Demand is increasing year after year, and passanger numbers are growing, and air travel is becoming popular and affordable amongst almost anyone, but with the number of airlines there are out there, is it possible for say europe to have a different airline for every country? or america to survive with say the 5/6 major airlines they have, with all increasingly competative market? will there come a stage when the market will be oversaturated with airlines, and they will force each other bankrupt competeing for passangers?... maybe even undercutting the competitor to make them go out of business, losing money in maybe the short term?
what will the airline industry look like in 25 years, or half a century?
will it be a few airlines per continent- as predicted by many, with the alliances like star, one world and skyteam, is this just the beginning or early stages of the mega airlines of the future? will they rebrand and become 1 airline, or will they contnue to compete as alliances?