Apron Bus Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Market is Segmented by Type (Electric and Diesel) and Geography

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: >10 %

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Market Overview

The apron bus market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 10% during the forecast period. 

  • Boarding is one of the major processes of aircraft turnaround time and has a direct influence on the airline companies’ costs. Apron bus is the best alternative at some airports, for transporting passengers from the aircraft to the terminal building or vice-versa. Faster boarding processes are vital for airlines, as they always strive to enhance passenger satisfaction.
  • The increasing air passenger traffic and the corresponding growth in airline fleet are the main drivers for the market growth. Furthermore, airport boarding bridges are not always available for all aircraft, which necessitates the use of apron buses. 
  • Several airlines, in order to reduce their emissions at airports, are adopting electrical apron buses to replace their aging diesel engine-powered buses. In order to dominate the market, bus manufacturers are shifting toward all-electric buses.
  • The construction of new airports is expected to further generate the demand for apron buses, during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The study includes the following aspects:

North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Electric Segment is Expected to Register the Highest CAGR during the Forecast Period

Airports and airlines are striving to reduce their carbon footprint, by adopting advanced technologies and systems. Of the total emissions at airports, ground support vehicles, like tugs and tractors, and buses ferrying passengers between the terminals and the aircraft also contribute significantly. Airlines and airports, in order to achieve carbon neutrality, are replacing aging diesel engine-powered buses with new electric buses. Electric buses offer advantages, like ease in operation, low maintenance, and most importantly, zero emission. Several airports across Europe were successful, over the past decade, in achieving or reducing their carbon footprint. As airports across the world are trying to reduce their global aviation emissions by about half, over the next three decades, the electric bus segment will experience accelerated growth in the coming years.  

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Europe and North America, Together, were Estimated to Account for a Major Share of the Apron Bus Market in 2019

Several airports in Europe and North America, in order to reduce their carbon footprint, have been replacing their diesel or gas-powered apron buses with emission-free electric buses, over the past few years. Some of the European airports that operate apron buses are Munich, Pisa, Frankfurt, Madrid, London Luton, and Amsterdam Schiphol, among others. In July 2018, two units of VIVAIR, manufactured by TAM-EUROPE, were delivered to TCR in Spain. The new TAM vehicles are being operated at the Gran Canaria Airport, Spain. In June 2018, two 104WL buses were delivered to Pula Airport, Croatia, by TAM-EUROPE. In December 2018, Port Authority announced its plan to introduce 18 new all-electric buses to its three major airports by the middle of 2019. The Port Authority plans to replace all its 36 diesel-powered shuttles over the next 2-3 years. Six electric buses were delivered in 2019, for the John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty, and the LaGuardia airport. The programs also include the installation of new charging stations at each facility. However, during the forecast period, majority of the demand for new apron buses will be generated from the Asia-Pacific region, due to the opening of several new airports in the next few years.

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Competitive Landscape

The apron bus market is dominated by a few established players. Some of the prominent players in the market are COBUS Industries GmbH, YUTONG, Xinfa Airport Equipment Ltd, and TAM - EUROPE, among others. The market is highly competitive, as the players look forward to receive new contracts from airlines or airports. Moreover, the construction of new airports and the replacement of aging buses will offer new opportunities to the players. Bus manufacturers, in order to gain new contracts, are expanding their product portfolios by introducing new buses with advanced features. Globally, as the airlines look forward to reduce their carbon footprint, the bus manufacturers are also shifting toward electric apron buses with increased space for passengers and their baggage. 

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 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Electric

      2. 5.1.2 Diesel

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        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 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 YUTONG

      2. 6.2.2 COBUS Industries GmbH

      3. 6.2.3 BMC Software Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 TAM - EUROPE

      5. 6.2.5 BYD Company Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 Xinfa  Airport  Equipment  Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Proterra

      8. 6.2.8 Xiamen King Long Automotive Industry Co. Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Solaris Bus & Coach SA

      10. 6.2.10 Volvo AB

      11. 6.2.11 ASHOK LEYLAND

      12. 6.2.12 Mallaghan


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Apron Bus Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Apron Bus Market is growing at a CAGR of >10% over the next 5 years.

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

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

COBUS INDUSTRIES GmbH, TAM - EUROPE, YUTONG, XINFA AIRPORT EQUIPMENT LTD. (CIMC GROUP), Proterra are the major companies operating in Apron Bus Market.

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