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22-Jul-2010 11:18 AM

Global airline ancillary revenue surges 43% to EUR11bn in 2009

Amadeus and IdeaWorks jointly released a preliminary report on ancillary revenues for 2009, on 21-Jul-2010, which showed airlines* around the world registering a 43% year-on-year increase in ancillary revenues to EUR11 billion^ – attributable to new a la carte fees and commission-based services. The report also showed United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Qantas and Ryanair reported the largest ancillary revenues in 2009. Details include:

  • Top 10 airlines’ ancillary revenue:
    • United Airlines: EUR1,527 million, +27.3% year-on-year;
    • American Airlines: EUR1,508 million, -8.6%;
    • Delta: EUR1,117 million, -0.7%;
    • Qantas: EUR783 million, +70.7%;
    • Ryanair: EUR664 million, +6.1%;
    • easyJet: EUR609 million, +53.6%;
    • US Airways: EUR541 million, n/a;
    • Air Canada: EUR534 million, n/a;
    • Alaska Airlines: EUR369 million, +0.2%;
    • TAM Airlines: EUR357 million, +92.9%;

US Airways and Air Canada are new to the list, replacing JetBlue and Emirates.

  • Top 10 airlines' ancillary revenue as percentage of total revenue:
    • Allegiant: 29.2%, +6.5 ppts;
    • Spirit Airlines: 23.9%, n/a;
    • Ryanair: 22.2%, +2.9 ppts;
    • easyJet: 19.4%, +3.9 ppts;
    • Tiger Airways: 19.4%, n/a;
    • Jet2.com: 18.1%, +3.3 ppts;
    • Aer Lingus: 14.4%, +3.4 ppts;
    • Alaska Airlines: 13.3%, n/a;
    • flybe: 13.2%, +3.3 ppts;
    • AirAsia: 13.1%, n/a.
  • Top 10 airlines' ancillary revenue per passenger:
    • Allegiant: EUR24.89, +24.5%;
    • Jet2.com: EUR22.51, +57.6%;
    • Spirit: EUR22.35, n/a;
    • Qantas: EUR20.37, +71.6%;
    • United Airlines: EUR18.76, +7.5%;
    • Air Canada: EUR17.23, n/a;
    • Aer Lingus: EUR16.72, +11.7%;
    • Alaska Airlines: EUR16.47, n/a;
    • American Airlines: EUR14.43, -2.2%;
    • easyJet: EUR13.47, n/a. [more]

*Based on analysis of 2009 financial reports by 96 airlines
^2008 results were calculated in EUR, re-stated based upon a EUR1 = USD1.33 exchange rate for the period while 2009 results were calculated in EUR, re-stated upon a EUR1 = USD1.23 exchange rate for the period