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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6
  • Pages :180
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  • Industry : Medical Devices

Market Size and Trends

Global air ambulance services Market is estimated to be valued at USD 6.90 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 12,95 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4% from 2024 to 2031.

Air Ambulance Services Market Key Factors

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The market is expected to witness positive growth over the forecast period due to factors such as rising prevalence of chronic and infectious diseases, growth in the number of trauma cases and accidents, and advantages associated with air ambulance services such as increased accessibility to remote and rural areas and faster transportation. Growing geriatric population who are more susceptible to medical emergencies and injuries are also contributing to demand for air ambulance services. However, high costs associated with these services and shortage of helicopter pilots can hamper the market growth.

Growing Prevalence of Chronic and Life-threatening Medical Conditions

One of the key drivers contributing to the growth of the air ambulance services market is  rising prevalence of chronic and life-threatening medical conditions across the world. An increasing number of people are suffering from diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, cancer, stroke, trauma injuries and other emergencies that often require swift medical attention and emergency transportation to advanced healthcare facilities. Air ambulance services offer a fast and efficient mode of transportation in time-critical medical situations, where every minute is crucial. These help reduce the time taken to transport critically ill patients to hospitals and provide emergency medical care during transit.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Air Ambulance Services Market Concentration, By Players

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Advancements in Medical Technology

Rapid developments occurring in the fields of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and emergency care have significantly improved clinical outcomes for critically ill patients over the past decade. Sophisticated diagnostics, minimally invasive procedures, targeted drugs and other therapeutic innovations now enable the treatment of complex, life-threatening conditions with higher success rates. This has increased expectations of access to advanced healthcare facilities especially during medical emergencies. Air ambulances help fulfill this need by transporting patients to tertiary or quaternary hospitals equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic capabilities within golden hour timeframes. Continuous upgrades in air ambulance services, facilitated by evolving technology, also contribute to their increased reliance. Advanced helicopters and aircraft equipped with ICU-level equipment allow comprehensive emergency care to be provided en route to hospitals. Features such as computerized flight dispatch systems, onboard critical care monitoring devices and telemedicine enhance safety and efficacy. Use of night-vision goggles and forward-looking infrared cameras helps air ambulance operations during poor visibility.

Air Ambulance Services Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Stringent safety and healthcare regulations

Global air ambulance services market faces several challenges. Existing services struggle with rising operational costs associated with maintaining fleets of specialized aircraft and medical teams. Stringent safety and healthcare regulations also drive-up expenses. Unexpected weather events can lead to cancellations or delays, impacting revenue generation. The high costs involved make it difficult to scale these services to remote or rural regions with lower populations.

 Market Opportunities: Developing modular aircraft payloads for multi-role functions

As medical technology advances, more complex care can be delivered via air. An aging population prone to emergencies would drive demand. Developing modular aircraft payloads for multi-role functions could boost utilization rates. Partnerships with national healthcare providers or insurance firms may help reduce costs and expand coverage to underserved areas.

Air Ambulance Services Market By Service Type, 2024

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Insights, By Service Type: Growing dependence on emergency medical care boosts Hospital-based Services segment growth

The service type segment includes hospital-based services segment and community-based services segment. Hospital-based services segment is anticipated to hold 56.4% of the market share in 2024. Hospital-based air ambulance services offer a convenient option for patients requiring urgent medical attention to be transferred between medical facilities. As lifestyle diseases and chronic health conditions continue to rise globally, the strain on hospital emergency and ICU units has increased tremendously. This has augmented demand for services that can transfer critical patients swiftly and safely between hospitals. Increasingly aging population profile of developed nations indicates a steady growth in age-related illnesses requiring immediate hospitalization and monitoring. This aging demographic is expected to fuel the need for hospital-based air ambulance fleets in the coming years.

Insights, By Aircraft: Ongoing upgrade of aviation infrastructure propels Fixed Winged Aircraft segment growth

The aircraft segment includes rotary winged aircraft and fixed winged aircraft. Fixed winged aircraft segment contributes the highest share of the market and is expected to hold 61.8% of the market share in 2024. Compared to rotary aircraft, fixed wing airplanes have a much greater flying range capacity on a single fuel tank. This allows them to effectively undertake long-distance interstate and even inter country medical evacuations. As healthcare networks expand their reach beyond boundaries, having aircraft suited for transcontinental retrievals is pivotal. Several nations have invested massively in developing advanced airport runways and aviation fuel facilities in recent times. This upgradation of basic aviation logistics encourages increased adoption of fixed wing air ambulance planes within their territories.

Insights, By Application: Rising demand for specialized services drives demand for Inter- Facility transfers

The application segment includes inter- facility, rescue helicopter services, organ transplant logistics, overweight patient transport, infectious disease services, neonatal transport, pediatric transport, and others. Inter- facility segment contributes the highest share of the air ambulance services market and is projected to hold 31.6% of the market share in 2024. As medical research elevated the standards of critical care globally, many life-threatening conditions now warrant tertiary or quaternary level super-specialty treatment availability only in select advanced facilities. For instance, managing severe burns or performing organ transplants require infrastructure beyond the primary capabilities of community hospitals. Air ambulance services enabling quick shifting between networked medical centers have thus become imperative, as referrals to specialized units saw a huge upsurge.

Regional Insights

Air Ambulance Services Market Regional Insights

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North America

has emerged as the dominant regional market for air ambulance services and is anticipated to hold 43.8% of the market share in 2024. The large size of the regional healthcare industry along with high per capita healthcare spending has boosted air ambulance operations. Most leading air ambulance service providers have established sizeable fleets across major cities to ensure quick response times in emergency situations. Furthermore, the presence of advanced Medicare and insurance policies provides coverage for air ambulance transportation costs, making it an affordable option for patients.

Europe has also seen sizable growth led by countries like the U.K., Germany and France. Strict regulations regarding ambulance response times especially in emergency cases has motivated governments to support air ambulance facility development. This has encouraged private service operators to expand their footprint in the regional market.

The Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing regional market for air ambulance services during the projected period. Rapid economic development and improving access to healthcare has boosted the need for such facilities. Countries like India and China owing to their large populations and geographic challenges require efficient emergency response networks. While still in the growth phase, both nations have initiated policy reforms to encourage private investments and set operational guidelines. This has spurred the entry of global players who are partnering with local hospitals and emergency centers.

Market Report Scope

Air Ambulance Services Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 6.90 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 9.4% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 12.95 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Service Type: Hospital-based Services and Community-based Services 
  • By Aircraft: Rotary Winged Aircraft, Fixed Winged Aircraft 
  • By Application: Inter- Facility, Rescue helicopter services, Organ transplant logistics, Overweight patient transport, Infectious disease services, Neonatal transport, Pediatric transport, Others 
Companies covered:

Air Methods Corporation, Deccan Charters, Scandinavian Air Ambulance, Air Ambulance Specialists, Air Charter Service, Envision Healthcare Companies, Falck Danmark A/S, AMR Air Ambulance, AirMed International, and Express Aviation Services

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing prevalence of chronic and life-threatening medical conditions 
  • Advancements in medical technology 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stringent safety and healthcare regulations
  • High costs associated with air ambulance services

Key Developments

  • In August 2023, Chorus Aviation Inc., a Canada-based holding company, announced that its subsidiary, Voyageur Aviation Corp., will expand its air ambulance service in New Brunswick. This expansion is the result of a amendment to Voyageur's contract with Ambulance New Brunswick. Voyageur operates two King Air 200s for Ambulance New Brunswick. The amendment enables the usage of the secondary aircraft for air ambulance services to encompass Grand Manan Island. Both airplanes, maintained by Voyageur, are outfitted with critical medical and life-saving equipment.
  • In April 2023, Health, an on-demand ambulance start-up, launched air ambulance services (RED Air Guardian) with 25+ aircraft in over 550 places across India. Each air ambulance is outfitted with state-of-the-art medical technology, clinical pathways, and a crew of experienced critical care experts. RED.Health wants to streamline the fragmented air ambulance sector, reduce operational costs, and assemble a team of clinical professionals capable of safely evacuating patients from any terrain or geography.
  • In September 2022, The Irish Community Air Ambulance, Ireland’s only charity Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) provider, launched a fundraising campaign at the National Ploughing Championships, an outdoor agricultural show in Ireland incorporating a ploughing contest, to provide its ground-based Volunteer Emergency Medical Responders with advanced lifesaving equipment. The charity has set a target of raising USD 100171.70 to purchase portable ventilators.
  • In September 2020, Kyathi launched integrated air ambulance services for safe transport of covid-19 patients. The ICATT Kyathi’s fixed wing aircraft for long distance emergency medical transport, combined with helicopter and land ambulance services providing last mile connectivity, will address the growing need for timely and quality emergency medical services in India.
  • *Definition: The Air Ambulance Services Market refers to the market for timely medical transportation of critically ill or injured patients via air ambulance or air medical transport. It involves the use of fixed-wing aircraft or rotary-wing aircraft like helicopters equipped with life support systems to rapidly transport patients in critical need of treatment at specialist trauma centers or medical facilities. Air ambulance services provide an important mode of emergency medical transport for rural and remote areas where ground ambulances face geographic barriers or where rapid transport is crucial to save lives.

Market Segmentation

  • Service Type Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • Hospital-based Services
    • Community-based Services
  •  Aircraft Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • Rotary Winged Aircraft
    • Fixed Winged Aircraft
  •  Application Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • Inter- Facility
    • Rescue helicopter services
    • Organ transplant logistics
    • Overweight patient transport
    • Infectious disease services
    • Neonatal transport
    • Pediatric transport
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East
    • Africa
      • South Africa
      • North Africa
      • Central Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Air Methods Corporation
    • Deccan Charters
    • Scandinavian Air Ambulance
    • Air Ambulance Specialists
    • Air Charter Service
    • Envision Healthcare Companies
    • Falck Danmark A/S
    • AMR Air Ambulance
    • AirMed International
    • Express Aviation Services
    • PHI Air Medical
    • ICATT
    • REVA, Inc
    • Aeromed International Rescue Services Pvt. Ltd
    • Blueheights Aviation Pvt Ltd.  

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of air ambulance services market is projected to be 9.4% from 2024 to 2031.

Growing prevalence of chronic and life-threatening medical conditions and advancements in medical technology  are the major factor driving the growth of air ambulance services market.

Stringent safety and healthcare regulations and high costs associated with air ambulance services are the major factor hampering the growth of air ambulance services market.

North America is expected to lead the air ambulance services market.

In terms of service type, hospital-based services segment is estimated to dominate the market in 2024.

Air Methods Corporation, Deccan Charters, Scandinavian Air Ambulance, Air Ambulance Specialists, Air Charter Service, Envision Healthcare Companies, Falck Danmark A/S, AMR Air Ambulance, AirMed International, Express Aviation Services are the major players.

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