Airport Quick-service Restaurants (QSR) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Airport Quick-service Restaurants (QSR) Market has been segmented by Type (Fast Foods and Meals, Beverages, and Bakery and Confectionery), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

airport qsr market overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >4.5 %

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Market Overview

The airport quick-service restaurants (QSR) market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 4.5% during the forecast period.

  • There is a steady growth in the number of passengers traveling through air transport over the past decade. With high pricing and low quality of the inflight food, the demand to bring your own food (BYOF) concept is gradually growing (particularly from domestic economy class passengers). The demand for the BYOF concept is anticipated to drive the growth of quick-service restaurants in the airport during the forecast period.
  • The increasing investments in airport infrastructure for the construction of new terminals and new airports in various countries around the world, to cater to the needs of growing passenger traffic, are anticipated to generate new opportunities for the concessionaire in the coming years.
  • The stringent regulations of airport authorities, problems in logistics and limitations in the menus of the QSRs are hampering the growth of airport quick-service restaurants market.

Scope of the Report

A quick-service restaurant (QSR) is defined as a restaurant that can offer certain food items with minimal preparation time and is delivered through quick services. The market study includes demand from regional and global food chains in all airports around the world.

Fast Foods and Meals
Bakery and Confectionery
North America
Rest of World

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Key Market Trends

Fast Foods and Meals Segment Registered the Highest Market Share in 2019

The increasing revenues of the middle-class population in various countries around the world, along with changes in dietary patterns and food habits have led to increased preference for fast foods. The rapid growth in the consumption of fast foods is creating new market opportunities for fast food brands. Due to this reason, fast-food companies are venturing into airports. Another factor increasing the demand for fast foods in airports is the availability of a wide range of options at low costs compared to the high retail cost onboard aircraft. Similarly, food chains are also expanding their presence in regions with high penetration of low-cost carriers (LCCs) as the LCC airlines do not provide inflight catering services. With such growth factors in emerging countries, the fast food and meals segment of the market is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period. 

airport qsr market segment

Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period

The air passenger traffic in countries, like China, India, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, has been growing rapidly in the past few years. This rapid growth in passenger traffic is forcing governments and airport operators to invest in modernization and upgrade of existing airports, along with the construction of new airports. China, which is anticipated to become the largest aviation market in the mid-2020s, announced its plan to construct 216 new airports by 2035. Similarly, the Indian government is investing in the development of current aviation infrastructure with the construction of new terminals and has plans to construct and inaugurate 100 additional airports by 2024. This will help the new regional restaurants and global food chains to partner with the airport and government-approved concessionaire and expand their operations into new airports. For instance, Lite Bite Foods, a major concessionaire in India, was selected by KFC India to open its outlets at airports of emerging cities, like Kozhikode, Bhubaneshwar, Kannur, Pune, Indore, and Ahmedabad. Due to the aforementioned reasons, the airport quick-service restaurants can expand their operation and propel the demand for airport QSRs in the Asia-Pacific region with the highest growth during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The market is highly fragmented with many regional companies competing for a significant share in the market. The prominent players in the airport quick-service restaurant market are global companies, like Subway, Burger King, McDonald's Corp., KFC, and Starbucks Corporation. The global food chain companies easily penetrate into new regions due to their high brand value and identity. However, the small-scale and regional restaurants will have to enter into a partnership with the global and expanding concessionaire to increase their presence globally. For instance, Lite Bite Foods is in plans to expand its presence in countries, like Thailand, Singapore, and Dubai, by bidding for concession at the airports in the coming future. Such expansion plans of the concessionaire will help the associated regional players to enhance their presence in the global market and serve the passengers in other international airports (same region or different regions), thereby, maximizing the revenue of the restaurant.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fast Foods and Meals

      2. 5.1.2 Beverages

      3. 5.1.3 Bakery and Confectionery

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of World


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Subway

      2. 6.2.2 Burger King

      3. 6.2.3 McDonald's Corp

      4. 6.2.4 Yum! Brands Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 Starbucks Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 Domino's Pizza Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 Dunkin Brands Group Inc.*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Airport Quick Service Restaurants Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Airport Quick Service Restaurants Market is growing at a CAGR of >4.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Yum! Brands Inc., Subway, Burger King, McDonald's Corp., Starbucks Corporation are the major companies operating in Airport Quick Service Restaurants Market.

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