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Air Ambulance Services Market Trends

ID: MRFR//5801-CR | 136 Pages | Author: Sejal Akre| February 2021

Global Air Ambulance Services Market Overview

Air Ambulance Services Market Size was valued at USD 6.2 billion in 2023. The Air Ambulance Services market industry is projected to grow from USD 6.7766 billion in 2024 to USD 12.6 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.06% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Air ambulance services demand is expected to increase over the forecast period due to market drivers like increased incidents of chronic diseases.

Air Ambulance Services Market

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Air Ambulance Services Market Trends

Increased cases of chronic diseases driving the market growth

The prevalence of chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and others has been steadily rising over the past few years. The increased prevalence of chronic diseases is driving the demand for air medical services. Over 550,000 patients in the United States use air medical services annually, according to the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). pandemics like SARS, Ebola, MERS, H1N1, and the most recent COVID-19 epidemic have shown how quickly diseases have been spreading in recent years. Air ambulance services are necessary for pandemic situations because medical workers must act quickly. As a result, the worldwide Air Ambulance Services  market CAGR is expanding due increased number of illnesses and chronic diseases.

Additionally, the market is expanding because of the post-COVID increase in demand for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). A wide coverage area in less time and quicker conveyance are a few of the key benefits of air ambulances. The installation of cutting-edge communication technology that gives the hospital real-time data about patients increases the likelihood that patients will survive. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have created lightweight helicopters for use in air ambulance services. By making the helicopter lighter in weight and enabling quick landings and takeoffs in emergency scenarios, the inclusion of carbon fiber throughout the design of such helicopters has brought various advantages. Additionally, it has improved the helicopters' resistance to damage sustained during flight. Thus, driving the Air Ambulance Services market revenue.

Air Ambulance Services Market Segment Insights

Air Ambulance Services Transport vehicle Insights

The Air Ambulance Services market segmentation, based on transport vehicles, includes Air, Ground. The air category held the largest share. Aircraft with either fixed wings or rotary wings can serve as an air ambulance. Both kinds of vehicles are used to swiftly, efficiently, and comfortably transport ill or injured people across large distances, whether they are conscious or not. On the other hand, A vehicle that is equipped to carry patients by road to locations like better-equipped hospitals is known as a ground ambulance.

Air Ambulance Services Aircraft Type Insights

The Air Ambulance Services market segmentation, based on aircraft type, includes Fixed-Wing, and Rotary-Wing. In 2022, the rotary-wing category had the biggest market share. The cost-effectiveness and quick response times of helicopter-based air ambulance services are their main benefits. The majority of propeller-driven aircraft are used for short-distance travel; however, some propeller-driven aircraft, also known as turboprops, are occasionally used for long-distance and/or outstation travel due to their higher fuel capacity when compared to rotary-wing aircraft.

Figure 1: Air Ambulance Services Market, by Aircraft Type, 2022 & 2032 (USD million)

Air Ambulance Services Market, by Aircraft Type, 2022 & 2032

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Air Ambulance Services Service Model Insights

The Air Ambulance Services market segmentation, based on service Model, includes Community-Based, Hospital-Based, and Hybrid. The hospital-based category had the biggest market share in 2021 and is expected to rise at a significant rate over the next few years. A hospital often supplies the medical team in a hospital-based service model and collaborates with an aviation service provider to offer the aircraft, pilots, and technicians. During the projection period, the community-based segment is predicted to increase at a significant rate. A base is established in a community where an independent operator provides services to multiple localities and service types.

Air Ambulance Services Mission Profile Insights

The Air Ambulance Services market segmentation, based on mission profile, includes Inter-Facility Transport, Scene Response, and others. The inter-facility transport led the market. Patient transportation between two medical facilities is known as inter-facility transport. Typically, ground or air vehicles are used to carry out the process. The air ambulance is equipped with all medical equipment if a patient needs on-scene medication.

Air Ambulance Services Regional Insights

By Region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. The North America Air Ambulance Services market area will dominate this market. The existence of air medical service providers, who have access to cutting-edge medical facilities, a sizable number of helicopter fleets in the United States, and the biggest concentration of helicopter operators in North America are all contributing factors to the expansion. Additionally, the industry in the area is boosted by the existence of significant firms like Air Methods, PHI Air Medical, Acadian Companies, and others.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Source Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

The Asia-Pacific Air Ambulance Services Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The expansion of the market is predicted to be fueled by improvements in emerging economies like China and India, as well as rising government spending on healthcare. In addition, the region's market is growing as a result of an increase in helicopter operators and a rise in the need for helicopters for a range of medical services applications. Moreover, the China Air Ambulance Services market held the largest market share, and the India Air Ambulance Services market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Europe Air Ambulance Services market will showcase significant growth in the forecast period. This is brought on by an increase in leasing facilities and airplanes with cutting-edge technology. The leading players are investing more money to create and implement cutting-edge technologies that will enhance the operations of their air ambulance services. Further, the German Air Ambulance Services market held the largest market share, and the UK Air Ambulance Services market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.

Recent Industry Development Air Ambulance Market

On Jul.28, 2023, Life Flight Network, a leading air ambulance service provider in the US, announced the opening of its new base at Bowerman Airport, Washington. The base began operations last month, will offer services to the Olympic Peninsula region and the surrounding, largely rural communities in the west America. The new base is expected to reduce medical transport times offering helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS).

On April 28, 2023, RED.Health (India), a start-up medical emergency response platform, launched air ambulance services in over 550 cities nationwide, as well as in the Middle East. The company has expanded its offering to launch air ambulance services called Red Air Guardian. RED.Health has a fleet of eight specialized aircrafts that can timely and efficiently evacuate patients from any terrain or geography of the nation.

Apart from air transfer for medical emergencies, RED Air Guardian also ensures surface transport to and from the airport. RED AIR Guardian also uses helicopters to transport patients from inaccessible areas, and performs services like repatriation, bed-to-bed transfer, airport-to-airport transfer, and remote evacuation without having access to the airports.

On April 27, 2023, AIIMS Rishikesh and Pinnacle Company signed an MoU for Air Ambulance Service and operate an air ambulance. Air ambulance service will be operated from AIIMS for emergency and trauma services from May. Pinnacle Company will provide air ambulances services, while Pawan Hans will provide helicopter for air ambulance.


On Feb. 06, 2023, Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that it has signed purchase agreement for three additional Bell 407GXi aircraft to Global Medical Response (GMR). With delivery expected to be completed by the end of 2023, these three Bell 407GXis will join GMR’s exclusive 220 Bell helicopter fleet used for emergency medical operations throughout North America.

Air Ambulance Services Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development in order to expand their product lines, which will help the Air Ambulance Services market, grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, the Air Ambulance Services industry must offer cost-effective items.

Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the Air Ambulance Services industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the Air Ambulance Services industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the Air Ambulance Services market attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations are  Air Methods Corporation, Air Medical Group Holdings, PHI,  Metro Aviation, Rega, DRF,  ADAC Service GmbH, Royal Flying Doctor Service, REVA Air Ambulance, AMR, FAI, Capital Air Ambulance, Native American Air Ambulance, Lifeguard Ambulance, MED FLIGHT, Scandinavian Air Ambulance, Airmed International, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, JAIC, Deer Jet.

Metro Aviation was the first air medical service operator to outfit its whole fleet with NVGs was Metro Aviation. Our pilots go through annual simulator training to practice for various flight circumstances and simulate real-world scenarios. Our pilots receive further training in crew resource management, crew coordination, and human aspects and decision-making, including IIMC. Our maintenance technicians also undergo factory maintenance training from Turbomeca and Pratt & Whitney, in addition to pilot training.

Boston MedFlight (BMF) provides emergency scene response and emergency interfacility transfer in Eastern Massachusetts at the Critical Care level, which is higher than a paramedic-level ambulance crew's certification. One Critical Care Transport Nurse and one Critical Care Transport Specialist (Paramedic) make up the BMF medical team staffing model for all vehicles.

Key Companies in the Air Ambulance Services market include

  • Air Methods Corporation

  • Air Medical Group Holdings

  • PHI,  Metro Aviation

  • Rega, DRF

  • ADAC Service GmbH

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service

  • REVA Air Ambulance

  • AMR,

  • FAI

  • Capital Air Ambulance

  • Native American Air Ambulance

  • Lifeguard Ambulance


  • Scandinavian Air Ambulance

  • Airmed International

  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance

  • JAIC

  • Deer Jet

Air Ambulance Services Industry Developments

For Instance, April 2021 Babcock The European Union and Norway agreed to a deal. This agreement aims to offer 24-hour fast jet air ambulance service to the rescue program. A fast jet air ambulance service will be offered by Babcock throughout the EU as part of this contract, which also covers staffing, training, and maintenance of the aircraft.

For Instance, February 2021  An HCare maintenance support agreement was struck by Air Methods and the OEM. This agreement will cover the fleet of 80 EC135 light twins owned by Air Methods.

Air Ambulance Services Market Segmentation

Air Ambulance Services Transport Vehicle Outlook

  • Air

  • Ground

Air Ambulance Services Aircraft Type Outlook

  • Fixed-Wing

  • Rotary-Wing

Air Ambulance Services Service Model Outlook

  • Community-Based

  • Hospital-Based

  • Hybrid

Air Ambulance Services Mission Profile    Outlook

  • Inter-Facility Transport

  • Scene Response

  • others

Air Ambulance Services Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

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