Ground Support Vehicles Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Ground Support Vehicles Market is segmented by Type (Refuelers, Tugs and Tractors, Passenger Buses, De-icing Vehicles, Ground Power Units, and Others), Power Source (Electric, Non-Electric, and Hybrid) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts by value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market Forecast
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >5 %
Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The Ground Support Vehicles Market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The global aviation sector is undergoing an unprecedented disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The commercial aviation sector has been significantly affected by the pandemic, resulting in a drastic reduction in passenger traffic, which in turn, has negatively affected aircraft demand. As a result, the commercial aviation sector is expected to recover slowly, as travel demand is projected to normalize to pre-COVID levels by 2023.

The Ground Support Vehicles Market is driven by the increasing demand for such systems to enhance the operational efficiency of the airports witnessing an increase in cargo and passenger traffic. The availability of equipment leasing options, as that of aircraft engines, also makes this a lucrative investment wherein a particular capex is capable of reaping long term benefits. However, the sophisticated nature of the equipment render the market too capital intensive to operate in and the short technological lifecycle of such products means a current flagship product wherein huge chunk of money has been invested may be outdated within a short span of time, or may be superseded by a competitive product with similar or better performance characteristics at the same or even lower price point. Innovations in existing electric and diesel ground support equipment are envisioned to offer growth opportunities for the manufacturers of this equipment.

Scope of the Report

Ground Support Vehicles are designed to support the aircraft operations at the terminal gate of an airport in between flights.

The Ground Support Vehicles Market is segmented based on Type, Power Source, and Geography. By Type, the market is segmented into Refuelers, Tugs and Tractors, Passenger Buses, De-icing Vehicles, Ground Power Units, and Others. The others subsegment includes Belt Loaders, Passenger Steps, Cargo Loaders, Catering Vehicle, Lavatory Trucks, Emergency and Fire Trucks, and Portable Water Trucks. By Power Source, the market is segmented into Electric, Non-Electric, and Hybrid; and by Geography into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa.

The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the Ground Support Vehicles Market across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (USD million).

Tugs and Tractors
Passenger Buses
De-icing Vehicles
Ground Power Units
Power Source
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 Highest Growth

The growth of passenger traffic has driven the airport construction and expansion projects. However, the expansion of airports also increases their carbon footprint with more energy required to power new terminals, ground transport vehicles and the creation of infrastructure. With the aviation sector reeling under the pressure of stringent emission norms, airports are adopting green technologies to reduce their carbon footprint. For instance, in January 2021, Munich Airport started operating all-electric aircraft pushback tugs from EFM, a joint subsidiary of Lufthansa and Flughafen München GmbH, to comply with the airport’s climate protection goals that aim to achieve CO2neutrality by 2030.

Moreover, the cost intensive nature and price fluctuations have also bolstered the adoption of the rental model of usage enabling end-users to temporarily enhance their operational capabilities as per requirement at minimal costs. On this note, in November 2021, Holden Plant Rentals Ltd. was awarded the tractor hire contract for 40 tractors for the Dublin Airport. The company recently commissioned a new fleet of 150hp to 235hp Massey Ferguson tractors for the purpose of running snow ploughs and brushes at the Dublin Airport’s runways. Such developments are expected to propel the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market Share

Asia-Pacific to Witness 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. Several airport construction and expansion projects are currently underway in countries, like India, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Australia. 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. Such developments are envisioned to render a positive outlook for the market in Asia-Pacific.

Airport Ground Support Vehicles Market Analysis

Competitive Landscape

The market of airport ground support vehicles is fragmented in nature and is characterized by several suppliers who provide various types of vehicles like passenger buses and stairs, refuelers, deicers, tugs, and tractors, etc. However, 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.

Recent Developments

  • In September 2021, Aviator Airport Alliance, a part of Avia Solutions Group, signed a new partnership agreement with Norway’s largest airline Norwegian for de-icing services at the Bergen, Bodø, Bardufoss, Tromsø and Trondheim Airports until September 2024.
  • In May 2021, France-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) signed ground handling contracts with 12 airlines in North America, including JetBlue and Southwest Airlines.
  • In March 2020, Cavotec was awarded a EUR 3 million contract to supply new ground support equipment to Chengdu Tianfu and Beijing Capital airports.

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 Units

      6. 5.1.6 Others

    2. 5.2 Power Source

      1. 5.2.1 Electric

      2. 5.2.2 Non-Electric

      3. 5.2.3 Hybrid

    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. Gemany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. 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 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 - 2027.

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

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

North America holds highest share in 2021.

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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