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

The Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market is segmented by Type (Refuelers, Tugs and Tractors, Passenger Buses, De-icing Vehicles, Ground Power Unit, Other Types), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

airport ground support vehicles market overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >7 %

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Market Overview

The airport ground support vehicles market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period.

  • The growth in air passenger traffic resulted in an increased frequency of flights or aircraft movements. To cater to the increasing aircraft movements, the airlines and ground handlers are increasing their fleet of ground support vehicles at the airports.
  • The rising demand for air travel has resulted in constrained and saturated airports. To support the passenger demand, governments and private operators are investing heavily in developing airport infrastructure around the world. These investments are anticipated to propel the demand for new ground support vehicles (at new terminals as well as the new airports) during the forecast period.
  • The current trend is for using ground support equipment that has low emissions rates. The incorporation of advanced technology, like electric aircraft tugs and electric GPUs, to support green airport initiatives, are anticipated to generate demand in the future.


Scope of the Report

All the vehicles that are used for ground support services at airports are included in the study of airport ground support vehicles market. The market is segmented by type into Refuelers, Tugs and Tractors, Passenger Buses, De-icing Vehicles, Ground Power Unit, Other Types. The Other Types include Belt Loaders, Passenger Steps, Cargo Loaders, Catering Vehicle, Lavatory Trucks, Emergency and Fire Trucks, and Portable Water Trucks. The study includes the ground support vehicles used by general aviation and excludes the support vehicles used at military airports.

Tugs and Tractors
Passenger Buses
De-icing Vehicles
Ground Power Unit
Other Types
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
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Tugs and Tractors Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

Tugs and Tractors segment of the market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The increasing demand for greener airports is propelling the development and integration of low emissions and electric tugs and tractors. New battery-powered tugs are being developed to replace the traditional fuel-powered tractors and tugs. This replacement is anticipated to drive the growth of the segment during the forecast period. Earlier British Airways became the first airline to use Mototoks, remote-controlled tug devices, to push back short-haul aircraft in 2017. The airline also planned to explore the possibility of its usage for its larger long-haul aircraft. Such low emission initiatives (by airlines and airport operators) fuelled by investments into the electrification of airport ground support vehicles are expected to support the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

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The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to generate the highest demand for airport ground support vehicles market during the forecast period. In recent decades, Asia’s rapid growth in the commercial aviation sector has positioned the region as the largest and fastest-growing in the world. The region is expected to register the highest growth rate in terms of air passenger traffic. However, aviation infrastructure is not keeping pace with this growth. Several airports in Asia are already operating above their planned capacity. Consequently, congestion-related delays are increasing at most Asian hubs. In order to cope with the rising demand for air travel, several airports in the Asia-Pacific region are significantly investing in enhancing their airport infrastructure. Countries, like India, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Australia, among others, have plans to expand their airports in the coming years. The expansion of airports in major cities with huge passenger traffic has created an opportunity for the manufacturers to introduce and offer their advanced ground support vehicles. Also, the airport operators are procuring and testing new support vehicles that may allow them to simplify the airport operations. For instance, in August 2018, GVK Mumbai International Airport Ltd inducted an Advanced Passenger Evacuation Vehicle for rescuing passengers and crew from inaccessible areas of aircraft.

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Competitive Landscape

The market of airport ground support vehicles is a fragmented market with many suppliers who provide various types of vehicles like passenger buses and stairs, refuelers, deicers, tugs, and tractors, etc. Some of the prominent players in the airport ground support vehicles market are John Bean Technologies Corp, Textron Inc. (Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc.), Vestergaard Company, Tronair Inc., and Mallaghan Engineering Ltd. The development of new technologies, like electric aircraft tugs and electric GPUs, among others, are anticipated to support the companies and attract new customers (airlines as well as airport operators). For instance, Build Your Dreams (BYD) unveiled two new electric tow tractor models in October 2018. These tugs support the needs of ground handlers at tarmacs and aviation logistics centers and facilities and allow for rapid, restriction-free charging. The introduction of new advanced vehicles can help a company to gain new contracts and expand its market dominance during the forecast period.

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 Refuelers

      2. 5.1.2 Tugs and Tractors

      3. 5.1.3 Passenger Buses

      4. 5.1.4 De-icing Vehicles

      5. 5.1.5 Ground Power Unit

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    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. Gemany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        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. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 John Bean Technologies Corp.

      2. 6.2.2 Textron Inc. (Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc.)

      3. 6.2.3 ALVEST

      4. 6.2.4 GATE GSE

      5. 6.2.5 Mallaghan Engineering Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 Vestergaard Company

      7. 6.2.7 MULAG

      8. 6.2.8 Tronair Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 TIPS d.o.o.

      10. 6.2.10 Ground Support Specialists LLC

      11. 6.2.11 COBUS Industries GmbH


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market is growing at a CAGR of >7% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

John Bean Technologies Corp, Textron Inc. (Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc.), Vestergaard Company, Tronair Inc., Mallaghan Engineering Ltd. are the major companies operating in Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market.

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