Drone Delivery Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Drone Delivery Market Report is Segmented by Type (Rotary-Wing and Fixed-Wing) Capacity (Less Than 10kg and Greater Than 10kg), End-User (Food, Healthcare, and Retail and Logistics), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecast for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

Drone Delivery Market Size

Delivery Drones Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 0.69 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 1.75 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 20.33 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Delivery Drones Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Drone Delivery Market Analysis

The Delivery Drones Market size is estimated at USD 0.69 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 1.75 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 20.33% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

With the increased demand for drone delivery services globally, various countries are implementing favorable policies to support the operation of drones in their airspace, which is expected to accelerate the growth in procurements of drones to offer new delivery routes for remote areas during the forecast period. Furthermore, various companies, such as Google LLC, Amazon.com Inc., and Deutsche Post DHL Group, have been investing in developing and deploying their fleet of delivery drones. Various companies entered the market over the years, performed their first flights, and received approvals from bodies regarding the usage of delivery drones.

On the other hand, strict airspace regulations across major countries of the world, including certifications, manufacturing standards, and complex licensing procedures, hinder market growth. Also, drone OEMs faced challenges in imports/ exports of UAVs and their components worldwide due to strict regulations. However, increased investments toward the development and integration of beyond visual range of sight (BVLOS) capabilities to drones will allow companies to cover far greater distances, which is anticipated to open a new scope of opportunities for the market.

Drone Delivery Market Trends

Retail and Logistics Segment Dominates the Market During the Forecast Period

The retail and logistics segment dominates the market, and it is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period due to the increased demand for drones to deliver parcels and packages from retailers, e-commerce providers, last-mile delivery companies, shore-to-ship drone operations, and postal companies.

Despite stringent FAA regulations, there are several companies testing drone delivery systems in the US. For instance, in 2023, Amazon tested drones under its Prime Air brand (86% of its packages weigh less than five pounds). Amazon has a network of more than 75 fulfillment centers throughout the US. The company plans to provide drone deliveries to customers located within a 10-mile radius of these centers. Also, UPS is testing drones that can be launched from a traditional delivery vehicle, allowing drivers to deliver more packages and save on fuel costs.

Furthermore, the companies working in unmanned systems have emphasized research and development and product innovation. For instance, in May 2023, Asio Technologies (Israel) completed several demonstrations of its NavGuard optical navigation system to strategic customers in the US. The demonstrations, conducted in response to civil customer requests, involved a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) performing aerial navigation activities as well as automatic point-to-point deliveries of packages over urban and rural areas without relying on GNSS signals. The necessity to respond to changes in the logistics industry has become more urgent than ever before, and the use of drones may help realize automatic, contactless delivery services on remote islands, mountainous areas, and even within cities. This is strengthening the demand for the segment during the forecast period.

Drone Delivery Market: Projected Commercial Drone Hardware Unit Shipments (Million), Global, 2020-2023

Asia-Pacific Expected to Witness the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The changing regulations in the major countries across the region and growing support for commercial drone operations are propelling the growth of drone delivery operations. China is the largest market for delivery drones due to increased drone delivery operations from major e-commerce companies like JD.com and Alibaba Group. The government of China, through the State Post Bureau of the People's Republic of China, issued a new Specification for Express Delivery Service by Unmanned Aircraft (Standard), which came into effect in January 2021. The Standard was developed by EHang, JD.com, and ZTO Express to improve the last-mile delivery service and promote the development of intelligent aerial logistics in the urban air mobility (UAM) industry.

Many countries in the region have launched projects related to drone delivery services. For instance, in October 2023, Skyports Drone Services partnered with RigiTech to launch a new project in Yeosu City, South Korea. The project aimed to deliver pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs between islands using drones. It was supported by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, the Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology, and the Yeosu City government.

Similarly, the Indian government is working on developing drone corridors to promote cargo delivery services. Thus, growing investment in promoting drone deliveries and the rising development of advanced delivery drones from OEMs boost the growth of the market across the region.

Drone Delivery Market: CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2023

Drone Delivery Industry Overview

The market of delivery drones is highly fragmented, with many new players entering the market. The prominent players in the aircraft delivery drones market are SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd, Zipline International Inc., Deutsche Post AG (DHL Group), United Parcel Service, Inc., and Amazon.com Inc. Major e-commerce companies and local postal authorities, in collaboration with local governments, are launching drone delivery services to minimize the efforts to deliver packages and parcels to remote islands, mountainous areas, and cities. The advent of players from the logistics, healthcare, and food delivery sectors into the drone market led to increased competition for delivery drone manufacturers. To further increase their share in the market, the companies are investing in increasing their fleet of drones and beginning their operations with new regulatory approvals. The market is expected to become more competitive during the forecast period, as many companies from various sectors are eyeing the potential benefits of drone delivery and planning to use the huge opportunities in the market.

Drone Delivery Market Leaders

  1. Amazon.com Inc.

  2. Zipline International Inc.

  3. United Parcel Service, Inc.

  4. SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd

  5. Deutsche Post AG (DHL Group)

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Drone Delivery Market News

  • May 2023: Dronamics, the Bulgarian drone cargo airline, successfully tested the first flight of its Black Swan cargo aircraft. This pioneering drone, with a payload capacity of 770 pounds and a range of over 1,500 miles, aims to revolutionize middle-mile transportation, offering the potential to halve costs, significantly reduce delivery times, and cut emissions by up to 60% in sectors such as e-commerce, healthcare, and more.
  • March 2023: The FAA authorized UPS delivery drones using Matternet M2 to conduct longer flights beyond the horizon of ground operators without a spotter in the field watching their routes and airspace for other aircraft.

Drone Delivery Market Report - 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 Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      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 Rotary-wing

      2. 5.1.2 Fixed-wing

    2. 5.2 Capacity

      1. 5.2.1 Less than 10kg

      2. 5.2.2 Greater than 10kg

    3. 5.3 End-User

      1. 5.3.1 Food

      2. 5.3.2 Healthcare

      3. 5.3.3 Retail and Logistics

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Airbus SE

      2. 6.2.2 Amazon.com, Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 EHang Holdings Limited

      4. 6.2.4 SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd

      5. 6.2.5 United Parcel Service, Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Wingcopter GmbH

      7. 6.2.7 Alphabet Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 Zipline International Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 TechEagle.

      10. 6.2.10 FedEx Corporation

      11. 6.2.11 Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

      12. 6.2.12 Deutsche Post AG (DHL Group)

      13. 6.2.13 Flytrex Inc.


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Drone Delivery Industry Segmentation

A delivery drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used for the transportation of food, packages, medical supplies, or other goods. The market includes the procurement of drones and delivery services offered by drone delivery service providers.

The drone delivery market is segmented by type, capacity, end-user, and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). By type, it is divided into rotary-wing and fixed-wing. By capacity, it is divided into less than 10kg and greater than 10kg. By end-user, it is divided into food, healthcare, retail, and logistics. The report also covers the drone delivery market sizes and forecasts for the major regions. 

For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

Less than 10kg
Greater than 10kg
Retail and Logistics
North America
Rest of the World
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Drone Delivery Market Research FAQs

The Delivery Drones Market size is expected to reach USD 0.69 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 20.33% to reach USD 1.75 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Delivery Drones Market size is expected to reach USD 0.69 billion.

Amazon.com Inc., Zipline International Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd and Deutsche Post AG (DHL Group) are the major companies operating in the Delivery Drones Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Delivery Drones Market.

In 2023, the Delivery Drones Market size was estimated at USD 0.55 billion. The report covers the Delivery Drones Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Delivery Drones Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Delivery Drones Industry Report

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Drone Delivery Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)