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

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market has been Segmented by Type (Aircraft Handling, Passenger Handling, and Cargo and Baggage Handling) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD billion).

Market Snapshot

airport ground handling systems market overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 8.8 %

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Market Overview

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market was valued at USD 8.64 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 14.10 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of about 8.8% during the forecast period, 2021 - 2026.

The aviation sector has been affected greatly due to the slump in demand among travelers and the travel restrictions imposed by many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the aircraft movements decreased, the demand for airport ground handling services was affected significantly, thereby affecting the market of airport ground handling systems in 2020.

However, as the air travel is slowly recovering to return to pre-COVID levels in the coming future, the deliveries of new aircraft as well as plans of the airlines to introduce new routes and increase flight movements are expected to increase the aircraft movements, which is anticipated to drive the growth of airport ground handling systems market during the forecast period.

The construction of new airports and expansion of existing airports, as well as privatization of airports, is expected to drive the growth of the airport ground handling systems market during the forecast period.

The current plans of airports to decrease their carbon footprint is generating demand for integration of advanced technologies like electric aircraft tugs, automation systems, and augmented reality (AR) glasses for ramp handling operations is expected to accelerate the growth of the market in the coming years.

Scope of the Report

The aircraft ground handling systems include equipment used to offer services to an aircraft while it is on the ground and parked at a terminal gate of an airport. The market is segmented on type into aircraft handling, passenger handling, and cargo and baggage handling. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the market in major countries across different regions. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD billion). The market does not include military cargo and baggage handling equipment.

By Type
Aircraft Handling
Passenger Handling
Cargo and Baggage Handling
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
South Korea
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

Cargo and Baggage Handling Segment Accounted for a Major Revenue Share in 2020

The cargo and baggage handling segment currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. The segment includes cargo pallets, cargo and baggage loaders and containers, trolleys, transporters, conveyor belt loaders, and other cargo and baggage transportation systems. The ground handling companies are expanding their cargo services in airports globally, which is generating demand for the procurement of advanced cargo handling equipment. In this regard, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the largest air cargo handler, announced that the company, in collaboration with Descartes Systems, introduced cargo ULD tracking capability. Under the initiative, they deployed Descartes Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) readers to provide enhanced real-time shipment visibility and cost-efficient asset management solutions to the airlines. Additionally, the ground handling companies are manufacturing advanced cargo handling systems to efficiently handle packages from the aircraft. For instance, in August 2020, John Bean Technologies Corp. (JBT) introduced JBT Cargo Chute, a solution for unloading packages from passenger cabins. The chute can be attached to existing or new passenger steps, which may allow the packages to slide safely in a controlled manner, thereby, eliminating the need to either carry the goods while walking down or have additional operators on the steps to pass the goods to each other. Such developments are anticipated to accelerate the growth of the segment in the coming years.

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Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Witness Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. Over the past few years, due to a rapid increase in passenger traffic in the region, the airport authorities in few countries have robustly invested in the expansion of existing airports and the construction of new airports to cater to growing passenger traffic. In addition to this, the plans of the airlines and aircraft operators in the region to increase their fleet of aircraft are also expected to increase their aircraft movements. Such investments into the development of new airport infrastructure are expected to increase the airport handling capacity and an increasing the fleet of aircraft expected to generate demand for new ground handling equipment in the coming years. Furthermore, the plans of the airport operators to decrease the carbon footprint have accelerated the replacement of diesel-run ground handling equipment with electric equipment. For instance, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is currently installing solar panels and e-vehicles in various airports across India as part of adopting a clean energy initiative. As of November 2020, the airport operator announced its plans to induct more electric vehicles for ground handling aircraft operations during 2021 at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the airports are inducting advanced technologies to support contactless ground handling operations at the airport. In this regard, as of March 2020, All-Nippon Airways entered in partnership with Toyota Industries to test an autonomous towing tractor in the restricted area at Tokyo Haneda Airport. Such investments into the introduction of advanced technologies are anticipated to propel the growth of the market in this region.

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Competitive Landscape

The airport ground handling systems market is highly fragmented due to the presence of numerous local players that provide a wide range of ground handling systems. The key players in the market are Cavotec SA, John Bean Technologies Corp., ADELTE Group SL, Textron Inc., and Vestergaard Company. 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. With the current trend of deploying electric ground handling systems at airports, the manufacturers are developing and testing new eco-friendly (electric) equipment, which is expected to help the companies increase their share in the market. For instance, in December 2020, Goldhofer unveiled a new, improved version of the Sherpa E battery-powered cargo tow tractor equipped with a direct drive motor with a maximum torque of 1,050 Nm and a modular battery system with intelligent temperature management. Over the past few years, the airlines and airport ground handling service providers are partnering with manufacturers to introduce electric ground handling systems. Such partnerships are also expected to support the growth of the companies in the coming years.

Recent Developments

  • In April 2021, Goldhofer announced that the company has successfully completed the testing of the electric version of the AST-2 (Phoenix) towbarless tow tractor. The Phoenix E battery-powered aircraft tow tractor is available in a modular battery concept with a capacity of 66 - 165 kWh as well as in a hybrid version with 66 kWh battery capacity.
  • In March 2021, Munich Airport (MUC) announced that the airport began the use of Elephant e-BETA, an all-electric de-icing vehicle manufactured by Vestergaard Company. The de-icing vehicle was deployed by the EFM de-icing and aircraft towing firm. The de-icer is equipped with an OEM lithium-ion battery and de-ice around 10 - 15 aircraft without a recharge.

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 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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD billion)

    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Aircraft Handling

      2. 5.1.2 Passenger Handling

      3. 5.1.3 Cargo and Baggage Handling

    2. 5.2 By 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. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. 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 Fahrzeugwerk

      12. 6.2.12 Vestergaard Company


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.8% over the next 5 years.

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is valued at 8 Billion USD in 2018.

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is valued at 14 Billion USD in 2026.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

ADELTE Group SL, Cavotec SA, Textron Inc., John Bean Technologies Corp., Vestergaard Company are the major companies operating in Airport Ground Handling Systems Market.

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