Air Ambulance Services Market Share, Growth, Trends - 2031

Air Ambulance Services Market Size and Forecast (2021 - 2031), Global and Regional Share, Trend, and Growth Opportunity Analysis Report Coverage: By Aircraft Type (Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing), Service Model (Hospital-Based, Government Run, and Independent), End User (Domestic and International), and Geography

  • Report Code : TIPTE100001310
  • Category : Aerospace and Defense
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 173
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The air ambulance services market size is projected to reach US$ 20,182.23 million by 2031 from US$ 10,540.17 million in 2023. The market is expected to register a CAGR of 8.5% during 2023–2031. The increasing spending on healthcare-related services is likely to remain one of the key air ambulance services market trends.

Air Ambulance Services Market Analysis

The air ambulance services market is moderately fragmented, with the presence of a large number of players operating across different regions. The need for air ambulance services is mainly driven by higher demand during emergency medical cases wherein the patients are required to be transferred to another suitable location for their medical treatment. Various authorities across different regions have been taking initiatives to establish an air ambulance infrastructure across their respective locations. Several state governments across different countries have also been investing heavily in the construction of new helipads or runways to provide a better service for emergency medical needs. For instance, in July 2023, the state government of Maharashtra, India, announced its plans to establish 16 new helipads specifically for air ambulances on the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway.

Air Ambulance Services Market Overview

Patient transport from one place to another requires significant care and coordination between patients, healthcare facilities, and transport service providers. The mode of transportation depends on the patient's medical condition and hospital location. Factors such as required medical equipment, distance, patient mobility, and cost of addressing. With proper communication and planning between transport teams, healthcare, and patients to be moved safely. Private equity companies control around two-thirds of both the fixed-wing and helicopter air ambulance markets worldwide. Air ambulance services have gained popularity for several purposes, including patient transfer to hospitals, medical tourism, international patient care, and organ transplantation. Air ambulances ensure safe transportation of the organs for transplantation and enhance the success rates of organ transplantation surgeries. Several companies are adopting these air ambulance services across the world. For instance, in January 2024, ICATT India's Bengaluru base had 15 fixed-wing aircraft and 2 helicopters for international and domestic transfers. The company offers 1–2 domestic patient transfers per day and 3 international trips per week in India. The increasing adoption of air ambulance services for patient care and patient transfer from hospital to hospital created a massive demand for air ambulance services.

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Air Ambulance Services Market: Strategic Insights

Air Ambulance Services Market

  • CAGR (2023 - 2031)
    8.5%
  • Market Size 2023
    US$ 10,540.17 Million
  • Market Size 2031
    US$ 20,182.23 Million

Market Dynamics

GROWTH DRIVERS
  • Increasing Spending on Healthcare-Related Services
  • Rising Prevalence of Chronic Diseases
  • Increasing Procurement of Fixed Wing Aircraft to Provide Air Ambulance Services
FUTURE TRENDS
  • Infrastructure Development of Hospitals to Cater to Air Ambulance Services;
  • Rising Adoption of Air Ambulance Services for Transportation of Patients
OPPORTUNITIES
  • Air Ambulance Cover in Health Insurance Policies;
  • Focus on Providing Air Ambulance Services in Rural Areas;
  • Strategic Partnerships, Contracts, and Agreements by Key Market Players

Key Players

  • Air Methods
  • Aero-Dienst GmbH
  • Airlec Air Espace
  • Babcock International Group Plc
  • Trust Air Aviation Ltd
  • FAI Aviation Group
  • IAS Medical
  • Medical Air Service
  • PHI Air Medical
  • Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

Aircraft Type
  • Rotary Wing
  • Fixed Wing
Service Model
  • Hospital-Based
  • Government Run
  • Independent
End User
  • Domestic
  • International
Geography
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
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Air Ambulance Services Market Drivers and Opportunities

Increasing Procurement of Fixed Wing Aircraft to Provide Air Ambulance Services

Fixed-wing aircraft are used to transport patients at longer distances. The increase in government initiatives and programs to provide air ambulance services is the major driving factor for the market. For instance, in March 2024, the Maldives President launched air ambulance services in the country. The Ministry of Health in Maldives has launched a paper regarding the starting of the operation of air ambulance services in the Maldives. In November 2023, the government of Ontario added four more fixed-wing Pilatus PC-12 aircraft for Ornge's air ambulance services. The total fixed-wing aircraft order reached 12, worth over US$ 108 million. Air ambulance services include patient transfer, newborn baby transfer, pediatric emergency transportation services, bariatric patient operations, extracorporeal oxygenation operations, intra-aortic balloon pump operations, and over-water aeromedical transportation. Therefore, the increasing procurement of fixed-wing aircraft to provide air ambulance services drives the market growth.

Focus on Providing Air Ambulance Services in Rural Areas

Rural hospitals are struggling with several problems, including the shortage of physicians, the lack of medical appliances, and the absence of emergency medical services. Hence, various companies are taking initiatives to provide air ambulance services for rural communities across the globe. For instance, Air Methods, an air ambulance service provider based in Colorado, US, spends a significant amount on transferring patients from rural hospitals. Further, there has been an increase in government initiatives and funding for air ambulance services across rural areas. For instance, in June 2023, US government authorities launched the No Support Legislation Act to improve access to emergency air medical services for rural communities in America. This Americans Act uses data collected under the No Surprises Act to offer reimbursement rates for emergency air services for rural communities across the US. Air ambulances offer lifesaving services, especially for the many rural areas in Kansas. The rising focus on providing air ambulance services in rural areas across the globe is expected to create ample opportunity for air ambulance services market growth.

Air Ambulance Services Market Report Segmentation Analysis

Key segments that contributed to the derivation of the air ambulance services market analysis are aircraft type, service model, and end user.

  • Based on aircraft type, the air ambulance services market is divided into rotary wing and fixed wing. The rotary wing segment held a larger market share in 2023.
  • By service model, the market is segmented into hospital-based, government run, and independent. The hospital-based segment held the largest share of the market in 2023.
  • In terms of end user, the market is bifurcated into domestic and international. The domestic segment dominated the market in 2023.

Air Ambulance Services Market Share Analysis by Geography

The geographic scope of the air ambulance services market report is mainly divided into five regions: North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and South America/South & Central America.

North America has dominated the air ambulance services market. The growing healthcare infrastructure in terms of building new multi-specialty hospitals and care centers, along with a rising focus on healthcare facilities such as emergency medical assistance services, is anticipated to boost the air ambulance services market growth in North America. The mounting prevalence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and stroke and the growing consumer preference for emergency medical services for improved and immediate medical attention are factors contributing to the dominance of the North America air ambulance services market. Asia Pacific is anticipated to register the highest CAGR in the coming years.  

Air Ambulance Services Market News and Recent Developments

The air ambulance services market is evaluated by gathering qualitative and quantitative data post primary and secondary research, which includes important corporate publications, association data, and databases. The following is a list of developments in the market for air ambulance services:

  • TrustAir Aviation and ARworks, two Hungarian companies, have jointly developed a unique and innovative VR training application for simulating the specific conditions of air medical transport. This ground-breaking application allows for the use and exploitation of VR technology and the benefits provided by artificial intelligence in a healthcare context that has not been utilized before.
  • FAI rent-a-jet GmbH's Air Ambulance Division announced it has received Commercial Airline Medical Escort (CAME) accreditation from the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) for its Dubai-based medical escort service. This follows FAI's accreditation as an approved EURAMI provider in early 2023. The CAME endorsement accredits aero-medical providers performing patient transfers, like FAI, to transport patients seated in the cabin or on a designated stretcher. FAI is the first private company in the GCC with EURAMI CAME accreditation and the only European fixed-wing operator to receive both the CAME accreditation and the EURAMI-approved provider accreditation in the GCC.

Air Ambulance Services Market Report Coverage and Deliverables

The "Air Ambulance Services Market Size and Forecast (2023–2031)" report provides a detailed analysis of the market covering below areas:

  • Market size and forecast at global, regional, and country levels for all the key market segments covered under the scope
  • Market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, and key opportunities
  • Key future trends
  • Detailed PEST/Porter's Five Forces and SWOT analysis
  • Global and regional market analysis covering key market trends, major players, regulations, and recent market developments
  • Industry landscape and competition analysis covering market concentration, heat map analysis, prominent players, and recent developments
  • Detailed company profiles

Air Ambulance Services Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2023 US$ 10,540.17 Million
Market Size by 2031 US$ 20,182.23 Million
Global CAGR (2023 - 2031) 8.5%
Historical Data 2021-2022
Forecast period 2024-2031
Segments Covered By Aircraft Type
  • Rotary Wing
  • Fixed Wing
By Service Model
  • Hospital-Based
  • Government Run
  • Independent
By End User
  • Domestic
  • International
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • Air Methods
  • Aero-Dienst GmbH
  • Airlec Air Espace
  • Babcock International Group Plc
  • Trust Air Aviation Ltd
  • FAI Aviation Group
  • IAS Medical
  • Medical Air Service
  • PHI Air Medical
  • Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH
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    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

    Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

    Segment Covered
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    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

    North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    Which region to dominate the air ambulance services market in the forecast period?

    North America is one of the major regions in the air ambulance services market owing to mounting prevalence of chronic diseases.

    What are reasons behind air ambulance services market growth?

    Growing investment in healthcare industry and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases are acting as major drivers for the air ambulance services market.

    What is the future trend for the air ambulance services market?

    Patient transport from one place to another requires significant care and coordination between patients, healthcare facilities, and transport service providers. The mode of transportation depends on the patient's medical condition and hospital location. Factors such as required medical equipment, distance, patient mobility, and cost of addressing. With proper communication and planning between transport teams, healthcare, and patients to be moved safely. Private equity companies control around two-thirds of both the fixed-wing and helicopter air ambulance markets worldwide. Air ambulance services have gained popularity for several purposes, including patient transfer to hospitals, medical tourism, international patient care, and organ transplantation. Air ambulances ensure safe transportation of the organs for transplantation and enhance the success rates of organ transplantation surgeries. Several companies are adopting these air ambulance services across the world.

    What are market opportunities for the air ambulance services market?

    Increasing spending on healthcare-related services and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases are acting as major driver for air ambulance services.

    Who are the major vendors in the air ambulance services market?

    Air Methods, Aero-Dienst GmbH, Airlec Air Espace, Babcock International Group Plc, Trust Air Aviation Ltd, FAI Aviation Group, IAS Medical, Medical Air Service, PHI Air Medical, and Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH are the key market players operating in the global air ambulance services market.

    The List of Companies - Air Ambulance Services Market

    • Air Methods
    • Aero-Dienst GmbH
    • Airlec Air Espace
    • Babcock International Group Plc
    • Trust Air Aviation Ltd
    • FAI Aviation Group
    • IAS Medical
    • Medical Air Service
    • PHI Air Medical
    • Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH

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