Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Asia-Pacific Inflight Services Market is Segmented by Aircraft Seating Class (Economy Class, Business Class, and First Class), Flight Type (Full-Service Carriers, Low-Cost Carriers, and Hybrid and Other Flight Types), Food Type (Meals, Bakery, and Confectionery, Beverages, and Other Food Types), and Geography (India, China, Japan, South Korea and Rest of Asia-Pacific).

APAC Inflight Catering Market Size

Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Market Size (2023) USD 5.31 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 7.16 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 6.15 %
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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APAC Inflight Catering Market Analysis

The Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market size is expected to grow from USD 5.31 billion in 2023 to USD 7.16 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 6.15% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the governments of several countries imposing travel restrictions and lockdown measures, which affected the business travel and tourism sectors in the region. Although the situation improved by the end of 2020, the pandemic affected the commercial aircraft demand from the end-users over the short term. The orders and flights witnessed a decline in 2020. As flight activity increased in 2021 compared to 2020, the demand for new flights increased.

The rising emphasis on customer-centric food menus is currently driving the Asia-Pacific inflight catering market, as most airlines are adding new items to their menus to provide better quality food to passengers by keeping their preferences in mind.

With the increasing air travel in this region, the induction of new destinations and new long-haul flights may create future opportunities for the Asia-Pacific inflight catering market.

APAC Inflight Catering Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the APAC Inflight Catering Market according to our research experts:

Hybrid and Other Flight Types Segment May Experience the Highest Growth

The Asia-Pacific market's hybrid and other flight types segments are expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This segment includes the catering provided in hybrid business model airlines, charter jets, and private jets. Though the revenues are currently the least from the segment, the high anticipated growth of the segment is primarily due to the increasing preference toward hybrid carriers and their increasing penetration in the region's market. These hybrid carriers blend low-cost carrier traits with full-service carriers to maximize profit.

New hybrid airlines are starting operations in this region to cater to the rising international passenger traffic. During 2017-2021, about 15 long-haul low-cost airlines were launched globally, out of which AirAsia X, Jin Air, and Lion Air, among others, are the prominent hybrid airlines in the Asia-Pacific. Bamboo Airlines, the new Vietnamese hybrid airline, started operations in January 2019. Similarly, Air Premia, an airline based in South Korea, has started its operations. The introduction of new airlines in this model is expected to be the driving factor for the market.

However, due to the slow growth of the economy in Asia-Pacific, the private jet charter market in the region is still in its infancy and is anticipated to continue its gradual growth in the future.

Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market, Airline Companies Fleet, India, 2021

Inflight Catering Market in India May Experience the Highest Growth

The Indian inflight catering market is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period, owing to the growing aviation market in the country. The boom in air travel in India is adding a new dimension to the inflight catering services business. Around 20 million people availed of domestic airline services, and around 10 million passengers used international airline services. With an expected increase in traffic, of 20%, over the next two years, the inflight meal business is poised to register significant growth. Besides, the entry of domestic airlines into intercontinental routes is expected to create competition among caterers, forcing them to be innovative. Vistara is offering a "Chef On-board" program in partnership with the airline's caterers, Taj SATS Air Catering Limited. According to the company, Chef On-Board is an innovative and first-of-its-kind initiative in India, where chefs will take direct and instant customer feedback on the new menu introduced across the network. Such efforts to enhance the inflight catering experience may help the growth of the players in the country.

Nevertheless, the largest inflight catering market in the region currently belongs to China due to the high aviation activity in the country. In order to cater to the growing aviation demand, airlines in China are procuring new aircraft and introducing new routes. In order to maintain their competitiveness, Chinese airlines are re-designing their inflight menus to increase their profitability while maintaining food quality. In the Chinese market, due to the high competition in the airline market and low-profit growth of small- and medium-sized air carriers from additional supporting services, airlines have been dropping the idea of providing complimentary inflight meals to economy-class passengers, which is expected to reduce the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market, By Aircraft Seating Class, CAGR (%), 2022-2027

APAC Inflight Catering Industry Overview

The Asia-Pacific inflight catering market is moderately consolidated. LSG Sky Chefs, Gategroup, Sats Ltd, Cathay Pacific Catering Services (HK) Ltd, and Emirates Group are some prominent players with a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific inflight catering industry.

APAC Inflight Catering Market Leaders

  1. LSG Sky Chefs

  2. gategroup

  3. SATS Ltd.

  4. Emirates Flight Catering

  5. CPCS

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market Concentration

APAC Inflight Catering Market News

  • In September 2022, SATS Ltd. agreed to buy Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) for EURO 1.2 billion (USD 1.1 billion) in cash in a deal that will transform Singapore’s catering and gateway services company into the world’s biggest handler of airborne freight.
  • In July 2021, SATS announced that they are setting up the first central kitchen in India with an investment of INR 210 crore (USD 25.3 million) to cater to the company's growing customer base across the region.

APAC Inflight Catering Market Report - 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 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Food Type

      1. 5.1.1 Meals

      2. 5.1.2 Bakery and Confectionary

      3. 5.1.3 Beverages

      4. 5.1.4 Other Food Types

    2. 5.2 Flight Type

      1. 5.2.1 Full Service Carriers

      2. 5.2.2 Low-cost Carriers

      3. 5.2.3 Hybrid and Other Flight Types

    3. 5.3 Aircraft Seating Class

      1. 5.3.1 Economy Class

      2. 5.3.2 Business Class

      3. 5.3.3 First Class

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 India

      2. 5.4.2 China

      3. 5.4.3 Japan

      4. 5.4.4 South Korea

      5. 5.4.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share**

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Gate Gourmet

      2. 6.2.2 LSG Sky Chefs

      3. 6.2.3 Sats Ltd

      4. 6.2.4 Cathay Pacific Catering Services (HK) Ltd

      5. 6.2.5 Flying Food Group

      6. 6.2.6 Emirates Flight Catering

      7. 6.2.7 Jetfinity

      8. 6.2.8 Newrest International Group SAS

      9. 6.2.9 Air China

      10. 6.2.10 Journey Group PLC


APAC Inflight Catering Industry Segmentation

In-flight catering service deals with in-flight meals served to the passengers boarding the flight. These meals are prepared by catering companies and are served to passengers via trolley. The meals have wide range of variety and differs from company to company and region to region.

The Asia-Pacific inflight services market is segmented by Aircraft Seating Class (Economy Class, Business Class, and First Class), Flight Type (Full-Service Carriers, Low-Cost Carriers, and Hybrid and Other Flight Types), Food Type (Meals, Bakery, and Confectionery, Beverages, and Other Food Types), and Geography (India, China, Japan, South Korea and Rest of Asia-Pacific).

Food Type
Bakery and Confectionary
Other Food Types
Flight Type
Full Service Carriers
Low-cost Carriers
Hybrid and Other Flight Types
Aircraft Seating Class
Economy Class
Business Class
First Class
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific

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APAC Inflight Catering Market Research FAQs

The Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market size is expected to reach USD 5.31 billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 6.15% to reach USD 7.16 billion by 2028.

In 2023, the Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market size is expected to reach USD 5.31 billion.

LSG Sky Chefs, gategroup, SATS Ltd., Emirates Flight Catering and CPCS are the major companies operating in the Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Market.

Asia-Pacific Inflight Catering Industry Report

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