Airport Ground Handling Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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

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Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >8 %
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Market Overview

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market was valued at about USD 9.26 billion in 2021, and it is projected to witness a CAGR of more than 8% during the forecast period, 2022 - 2027.

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 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 ground handling systems market revival.

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 growth of the airport ground handling systems market during the forecast period.

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 and augmented reality (AR) glasses for ramp handling operations. Such green initiatives by airport operators are expected to accelerate the market's growth 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. The market is segmented on type into aircraft handling, passenger handling, and cargo and baggage handling. The market is segmented based on power source into non-electric, electric, and hybrid. 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
By Type
By Type
United Kingdom
By Type
By Type
By Type
Rest of Europe
By Type
By Type
By Type
By Type
South Korea
By Type
Rest of Asia-Pacific
By Type
Latin America
By Type
Rest of Latin America
By Type
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
By Type
United Arab Emirates
By Type
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
By Type

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Key Market Trends

Cargo and Baggage Handling Segment Accounted for a Major Revenue Share in 2021

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, generating demand for advanced cargo handling equipment procurement. In this regard, as of October 2021, Groupe ADP and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo were testing a new airside cargo transport solution, an autonomous electric vehicle developed by OROK. The new electric vehicle is equipped with various sensors for the transportation of goods and air freight, which a server can supervise with artificial intelligence. The new vehicles are expected to replace tractors and trailers used between cargo warehouses/baggage sorting centers and aircraft parking stands. The ground handling companies are manufacturing advanced cargo handling systems to handle packages from the aircraft efficiently. Such developments are anticipated to accelerate the segment's growth 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 a few countries have robustly invested in expanding existing airports and constructing new airports to cater to growing passenger traffic. Such investments into the development of new airport infrastructure are expected to increase the airport handling capacity. The increase in the fleet of aircraft is expected to generate demand for new ground handling equipment in the coming years. The plans of the airport operators and governments to decrease the carbon footprint have accelerated the replacement of diesel-run ground handling equipment with electric equipment. For instance, in November 2021, the India Civil Aviation Ministry mandated the airlines and ground handling companies to phase out equipment older than 12 years and replace them with electric or fuel-efficient equipment by May 2022. However, the ground handlers and airlines are currently in talks with the government to extend the timeline. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, airports are inducting advanced technologies to support contactless and efficient ground handling operations. Such investments into the introduction of advanced technologies are anticipated to propel the market's growth 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 include Cavotec SA, John Bean Technologies Corp., ADELTE Group SL, Textron Inc., and Vestergaard Company. 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, the 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, the 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.

Recent Developments

  • In November 2021, easyJet announced that has extended Menzies Aviation’s ground-services contract at 21 airports across Europe. The contract renewal will see Menzies provide a range of services for 80,000 easyJet turns annually, including passenger, ramp and cabin cleaning and de-icing.
  • In May 2021, France-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) announced that it has signed ground handling contracts with 12 airlines in North America as the aviation sector’s rebound from the pandemic accelerates. The duration of all the contracts will last for three years.
  • In April 2021, Goldhofer announced that the company had completed testing 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 and a hybrid version with 66 kWh battery capacity.
  • In March 2021, Munich Airport (MUC) announced that it started using Elephant e-BETA, an all-electric de-icing vehicle manufactured by the 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 and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

    3. 1.3 Currency Conversion Rates for USD



    1. 3.1 Market Size and Forecast, Global, 2018-2027

    2. 3.2 Market Share by Type, 2021

    3. 3.3 Market Share by Power Source, 2021

    4. 3.4 Market Share by Geography, 2021

    5. 3.5 Structure of the Market and Key Participants


    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Technology Trends

    5. 4.5 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD million, 2018 - 2027)

    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. 5.2.3 Hybrid

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

          1. By Type

        2. Canada

          1. By Type

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

          1. By Type

        2. France

          1. By Type

        3. Germany

          1. By Type

        4. Rest of Europe

          1. By Type

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

          1. By Type

        2. India

          1. By Type

        3. Japan

          1. By Type

        4. South Korea

          1. By Type

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

          1. By Type

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

          1. By Type

        2. Rest of Latin America

          1. By Type

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

          1. By Type

        2. United Arab Emirates

          1. By Type

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

          1. By Type


    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. 6.3 Other Companies

      1. 6.3.1 Kalmar Motor AB


      3. 6.3.3 Daifuku Co. Ltd


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >8% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

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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