Air Traffic Management Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Air Traffic Market is segmented by Domain (Air Traffic Control, Air Traffic Flow Management, and Aeronautical Information Management), Component (Hardware and Software), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

air traffic management market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 10.43 %

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Market Overview

The air traffic management market (henceforth, referred to as the market studied) is expected to register a CAGR of 10.43% during the forecast period

  • The growth in passenger traffic is attracting investments into the market, as airports increase their passenger handling capacities.
  • In addition to this, the growing emphasis on the modernization of air traffic management infrastructure is also driving the growth of the market studied.
  • However, various operational challenges in air traffic management and related modernization projects are challenging market growth.

Scope of the Report

Air traffic management (ATM) comprises all the systems that assist the aircraft from its departure from an airport to its landing at a destination airport, including the transit phase. Military air traffic management is included in the study, while the unmanned traffic management (UTM) is excluded from the study.

Air Traffic Control
Air Traffic Flow Management
Aeronautical Information Management
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Hardware Segment Registered the Largest Market Share in 2019

In segmentation by component, the hardware segment has the largest share in the market as of 2019. The construction of new airports and the expansion of existing airports have generated the demand for air traffic management hardware, all around the world. ​Several airports are also replacing aging hardware equipment with new advanced equipment to enhance the efficiency of air traffic management operations. Over the years, hardware costs have reduced, and reliability has increased primarily due to technological advancements. ​ The construction of new ATC towers during the forecast period may generate demand for ATC equipment. For instance, in November 2019, Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services announced its plan to start the construction of a new air traffic control tower at Serbia’s Konstantin Veliki Airport in Nis, in 2021. Likewise, the construction of a new ATC tower in Kolkata airport, India, is expected to be completed before the end of 2020. However, the procurement and installation of communication, surveillance, and navigation equipment are expected to be completed by 2021. ​ Such developments are anticipated to drive the growth of this segment during the forecast period. ​ However, the software segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Air traffic control (ATC) systems are sophisticated software systems. With the increasing demand for automation and the need for common platform for sharing data, the demand for software is increasing at a steady pace and may continue to do so during the forecast period.​ Several companies are developing advanced software solutions that can ease different operations within the air traffic management.​ With the construction of new airports and control towers, along with the shift toward automation for air traffic management, the demand for software is expected to increase rapidly during the forecast period.​

Air Traffic Management Market _segment

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market during the Forecast Period

During the forecast period, Asia-Pacific is projected to dominate the market by registering the highest CAGR. The region also accounted for the highest market share in terms of geography, in 2019. The growth in the markets of China and India is projected to be the biggest driver for the region. Despite being equipped with some of the world’s largest airports, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) aims to add another 215 to reach a target of 450 by 2035. China envisions to construct an average of 14 airports annually until 2035 to help in transforming the country’s aviation industry into a strategic asset of its economy. ​The construction of new airports would facilitate the creation of new routes and induction of new aircraft fleet to address the additional passenger traffic. Such developments would bolster the adoption of sophisticated air traffic management systems to ensure high levels of safety and operational efficiency in the country. In addition to this, a similar increase in passenger volume and adjoining demand from airline customers, as well as new air traffic management requirements and environmental regulations, urge the Indian airports to continuously adapt and improve its infrastructure and operations. Digital transformation is reshaping the Indian airport industry, through the integration of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled technologies to help airports to optimize their operations and enable safe and timely passenger travel. In February 2020, the Indian government launched the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme, which aims to facilitate regional connectivity through financial support and infrastructure development. ​In addition to that, the government plans to establish around 100 airports by 2035, with a potential investment of INR 4 trillion. Among them, 70 airports are expected to be at new locations while the rest will be second airports or expansion of existing airfields to handle commercial flights. Such developments would necessitate the construction of additional ATC towers and, thereby, drive the growth prospects of the air traffic management market in the Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period. ​

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Competitive Landscape

The market studied is highly fragmented, with many local as well as international players providing various ATM hardware, software as well as services.​ SITA, Honeywell International, L3 Harris Technologies Inc., Thales Group, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are some of the prominent players in the market studied. ​Players are concentrating on the launch of secure products that have the capability to learn and improve themselves through built-in AI technology. Most software producers are using AI to improve efficiency and speed to access important data on the database. Key players are expected to benefit from the partnership with local producers of ATM systems, parts, and components, as well as third-party software manufacturers of ATM systems.​ The COVID-19 lockdown situation across the world is expected to delay the existing projects and planned projects by half a year, as communities and government companies reel with the after-effects of the manufacturing and production shutdown. The impact of the same may be visible directly on raw materials and logistics and project completion. Governments are expected to, for the time being, shift focus away from aviation procurement toward equipment for disease control and protection from infection and may divert budget allocated for various ATM equipment toward these or use emergency funds, which can reduce future procurement volume or delay aviation infrastructure construction projects, which might have short-term effects on the revenues of the players.

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 Industry Attractiveness - 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 Domain

      1. 5.1.1 Air Traffic Control

      2. 5.1.2 Air Traffic Flow Management

      3. 5.1.3 Aeronautical Information Management

    2. 5.2 Component

      1. 5.2.1 Hardware

      2. 5.2.2 Software

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Adacel Technologies Limited

      2. 6.2.2 Advanced Navigation and Positioning Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Airbus SE

      4. 6.2.4 Leidos Holdings Inc

      5. 6.2.5 Honeywell International Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 L3Harris Technologies, Inc

      7. 6.2.7 Indra Sistemas SA

      8. 6.2.8 Raytheon Company

      9. 6.2.9 Saab AB

      10. 6.2.10 Thales Group

      11. 6.2.11 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      12. 6.2.12 SITA


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Air Traffic Management Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Air Traffic Management Market is growing at a CAGR of 10.43% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

SITA, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., Thales Group, L3 Harris Technologies, Inc. are the major companies operating in Air Traffic Management Market.

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