In the concluding half of a special report, Tom Batchelor highlights some of the new airlines to watch across global markets this year
With passenger numbers having plummeted to historic lows and uncertainty over COVID travel restrictions continuing to put a brake on the global aviation industry, launching an airline in the middle of a pandemic may sound fraught with risk. But many of the new carriers hoping to make their mark this year believe 2021 offers the perfect conditions to set their start-ups in motion. Reduced costs and weakened competitors are just some of the reasons fledgling firms have decided now is the right time to launch maiden services.
As we saw in the first part of this report in last month’s edition, there is no shortage of courageous companies in Europe prepared to make the most of a crisis and launch an airline in 2021 – but what about the prospects for the rest of the world?