Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market has been segmented by Type (Aircraft Handling, Passenger Handling, and Cargo and Baggage Handling), Power Source (Non-electric and Electric), 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).

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Size

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Summary
Study Period: 2022-2027
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 15.27 %

Major Players

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Analysis

The airport ground handling systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.27% during the forecast period.

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 aircraft movements decreased, the demand for airport ground handling services was significantly affected, affecting the airport ground handling systems market in 2020. However, the notable increase in passenger traffic and aircraft movements in 2021 supported the revival of the ground handling systems market.

With air travel gradually returning to pre-COVID levels, delivering new aircraft, introducing new routes, and increasing flight movements are resuming. This is anticipated to drive the investments of airport ground handlers into new-generation ground support systems that reduce the turnaround time of the aircraft.

The construction of new airports, expansion of existing airports to increase passenger and cargo handling capacities, and privatization of airports are 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 has accelerated the deployment of electric ground handling equipment and the integration of advanced technologies like automation systems ramp and cargo handling operations. Such green initiatives by airport operators are expected to accelerate the market's growth in the coming years.

Airport Ground Handling Systems Industry Segmentation

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. The market is segmented by type and power source. Based on type, the market is segmented into aircraft handling, passenger handling, and cargo and baggage handling. Based on power sources, the market is divided into non-electric and electric. 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.

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

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Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Airport Ground Handling Systems Market according to our research experts:

Aircraft Handling Segment Held Highest Shares in the Market

The aircraft handling segment currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. The segment includes refuelers, tugs and tractors, lavatory service vehicles, deicers, ground power units, pre-conditioned air units, fuel trucks, and other ground handling systems in airports.

An increase in expenditure in the aviation sector, construction of new airports, and rising spending on enhancing airport operations from various countries drive the growth of the market. Following the pandemic, various airports around the world are robustly investing in the enhancement of their existing ground handling systems with the introduction of new equipment for their efficient operation. The current trend of using GSE with low emissions rates and creating green airports has been gaining popularity over the years. Therefore, the companies are working on developing new electric aircraft handling solutions that work efficiently with low emissions.

In October 2021, Toyota Material Handling, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp, introduced a new all-electric towing tractor (3TE25) for airport operations that will replace the current heavy-duty range. The new towing EV has similar towing capabilities as the conventionally powered towing tractors, with a loading capacity of about 27,000 kg. Such development of new equipment, as well as investments in the procurement of aircraft handling equipment, is anticipated to propel the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market  - Region wise Investment in New Airport Infrastructure (USD Billion), 2021

North America Region is Expected to Witness Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The North American region is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. This is due to the rapid recovery of the aviation industry from the COVID-19 pandemic impact along with investments of the civil aviation authority and airport operators in the region in the expansion of airports as well as the development of ground handling equipment modernization.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided various funds to the airports in the United States to introduce electric ground support vehicles in the coming years. In October 2022, FAA, the largest United States transportation agency, awarded more than USD 27 million to help a dozen airports to purchase zero-emission buses, charging stations, and other equipment used to service planes at gates.

Also, in addition to the ground handling systems, the airports are investing in the development of infrastructure to ease the induction of electric ground vehicles. As a part of the new terminal building project at Kansas City International Airport, the Kansas City Aviation Department announced its plan to invest in the first wireless vehicle charging system installed at the United States airport. The technology is expected to extend the range of its electric buses without installing a charging station or taking buses out of service for charging. Momentum Dynamics will supply the charging solution and is expected to be installed by 2023. Such initiatives and growing demand for enhancing ground handling operations will drive market growth in the region during the forecast period.

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market - Growth Rate by Region (2022 - 2027)

Airport Ground Handling Systems Industry Overview

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 include Cavotec SA, John Bean Technologies Corp., Textron Inc., Air T Inc, and ALVEST. Strategic acquisitions 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, manufacturers are developing and testing new eco-friendly (electric) equipment, which is expected to help the companies increase their market share.

For instance, in December 2021, Mallaghan Engineering launched Árbus electric airport bus following its successful trials with ABM Aviation. The bus is expected to be available in three models, with the largest bus capacity being 118 passengers. Also, over the past few years, airlines and airport ground handling service providers have been 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.

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Leaders

  1. Cavotec SA

  2. Textron Inc.

  3. John Bean Technologies Corp.

  4. Air T Inc


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Concentration

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market News

  • In April 2022, Airpro announced an investment of EUR 4 million to procure four Elephant e-BETA de-icers from Vestergaard Company. The equipment is expected to be delivered by winter 2022 and will be operated at Helsinki Airport. The company is expected to become the first ground handling company in Finland to deploy electric de-icing services following the delivery.
  • In March 2022, Lufthansa LEOS, the ground handling subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, announced that the company became the launch customer of the all-electric towbarless aircraft tractor Phoenix E manufactured by Goldhofer. The new vehicle is battery-powered and can carry a weight of up to 352 metric tons.

Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    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 and Baggage Handling

    2. 5.2 Power Source

      1. 5.2.1 Non-electric

      2. 5.2.2 Electric

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        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 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 Mallaghan Engineering Limited

      8. 6.2.8 MULAG Fahrzeugwerk

      9. 6.2.9 Vestergaard Company

      10. 6.2.10 Air T Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 Ground Support Specialists LLC

      12. 6.2.12 Weihai Guangtai Airport Equipment Co. Ltd

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
    4. 6.3 Other Companies

      1. 6.3.1 Kalmar Motor AB


      3. 6.3.3 Daifuku Co. Ltd


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Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Research FAQs

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is studied from 2022 - 2027.

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of 15.27% over the next 5 years.

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is valued at 2911 Million USD in 2022.

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is valued at 6879 Million USD in 2027.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2022-2027.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Cavotec SA, Textron Inc., John Bean Technologies Corp., Air T Inc, ALVEST are the major companies operating in Airport Ground Handling Systems Market.

Airport Ground Handling Systems Industry Report

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