Airport Ground Handling Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is Segmented by Type (Aircraft Handling, Passenger Handling, Cargo Handling, and Baggage Handling), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2018 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


12.81 %

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Market Overview

The airport ground handling systems market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 12.81% during the forecast period.

  • The growth in the demand for air travel and aerial connectivity, globally, has driven the airlines to introduce new routes and increase flight movements, to cater to its growing demand. New airport constructions and expansions are also helping the procurement of airport ground handling systems.
  • The privatization of airports will also propel the growth of the airport ground handling systems market during the forecast period.
  • The incorporation of advanced technology for airport handling with systems, like electric aircraft tugs, fueling automation systems, and augmented reality (AR) glasses for ramp handling operations, is expected to generate demand for airport ground handling systems in the future.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the aviation industry, due to the slump in the demand among travelers and the travel restrictions imposed by many countries. The industry is resorting to heavy cost cutting. This has resulted in a decrease in the revenue generation in 2020 and is expected to slowly recover by 2023-2024.

Scope of the Report

The airport ground handling systems market includes all items and equipment that are used for handling aircraft, passengers, cargo, and baggage. Cargo and baggage handling include all equipment, from loading at the airport to conveyor belts, sorting mechanism, and software, trolleys, power trucks, aircraft transfer belts, and conveyors, including baggage management systems. However, military cargo and baggage are not included in the study’s scope.

Aircraft Handling
Passenger Handling
Cargo Handling
Baggage Handling
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Baggage Handling Segment is Anticipated to Register the Highest CAGR

The baggage handling segment includes baggage loaders & containers, trolleys, container loaders, transporters, conveyor belt loaders, and other baggage transportation systems in the airport apron section. The airports across the globe are going through an expansion in passenger traffic and their baggage at rapid rates. This is further burdened by the growing trend of passengers to carry handheld baggage with them to carry their Mobile phones, power banks, laptops, headsets, tablets along with essentials like water bottles, and emergency supplies. The other factor driving the market for baggage handling is the huge number of baggage that airports have to handle on a daily basis. Most International airports have already hit their peak capacity or are going to hit their peak capacity during the forecast period between 2020-2025. This has led to the growing loss of baggage and damage to baggage, which are adding costs to airlines. Baggage handling vehicles, loaders, containers expected to see a demand growth over the forecast period. While airports across the globe are planning to go electric to cut down on emissions and get a tax benefit for reduction of emission, baggage handling vehicles on the apron are expected to go electric by 2021 across Europe and the Middle East, and a few countries in Asia.

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Asia-Pacific is Anticipated to Experience the Highest Growth

The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to register the highest growth rate during the forecast period. The increasing investments in airport infrastructure in countries, like China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines, are boosting the growth of the region during the forecast period. For instance, with the growth in the middle-class population and government support, along with increasing air traffic in China, the country is expected to become the world’s largest aviation market by 2022, according to the International Air Transport Association. According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s Civil Aviation Development 13th Five-Year Plan, the country plans to build 74 new civil airports by 2020, taking the total to 260, up from 175 in 2010. This amounts to more than eight new airports per year to cope with the surge in passengers. Such expansion plans in China, privatization of airports in India, and airport expansion plans in Taiwan and the Philippines are likely to propel the growth of the airport ground handling systems market in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in certain airports to delay the construction plans which will impact the airport ground handling systems market during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The airport ground handling market is highly fragmented with numerous local players. The key players in the market are Cavotec SA, John Bean Technologies Corp., ADELTE Group SL, Textron Inc., and Beumer Group. Strategic acquisition and partnerships, along with the establishment of manufacturing and production facilities locally, can be helpful for players to establish a foothold in the local and regional markets. Also, the development of eco-friendly products by the companies will allow them to capture a higher market share, owing to the trend of green airports.

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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 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Aircraft Handling

      2. 5.1.2 Passenger Handling

      3. 5.1.3 Cargo Handling

      4. 5.1.4 Baggage Handling

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Cavotec SA

      2. 6.2.2 John Bean Technologies Corp.

      3. 6.2.3 ADELTE Group SL

      4. 6.2.4 ALVEST

      5. 6.2.5 Textron Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Tronair Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 Beumer Group

      8. 6.2.8 GATE GSE

      9. 6.2.9 Aero Specialties

      10. 6.2.10 Mallaghan Engineering Limited

      11. 6.2.11 MULAG


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