Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
As the recession reduced a slew of economic indicators, including disposable income, airlines felt demand from consumers and businesses slip away in 2008 and 2009. To reduce costs, many airlines cut expenditures on meal catering services, which already comprised a tiny portion of their budgets. Thus, the Airline Catering Services industry has faced lower demand and stagnant growth over the past five years, even as the economic recovery helped push the industry out of the doldrums. As air travel becomes more widespread and accessible to more consumers, the industry will experience moderate growth over the coming five years.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Typically, airline catering kitchens are located near terminals of major US airports, in order to maximize food freshness and delivery times. As a result, the distribution of industry operators closely follows the geographic dispersion of US airports. The largest region for airline caterers in the United States is the Southeast region, followed by the West and the Southwest region.
The Southeast is the most popular region in the United States for industry operators, with an estimated 29.8% of airline catering facilities located in the region. The Southeast region accounts for 24.0% of domestic and 24.3% of international airline terminals, making it a key destination for industry operators... purchase to read more