Middle-East and Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Middle-East & Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is Segmented by Type (Aircraft Handling, Passenger Handling, Cargo, and Baggage Handling) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Middle-East and Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: >7 %

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Market Overview

The Middle-East & Africa airport ground handling systems market is expected to register a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period.

  • The ongoing construction and expansion activities related to several airports in the Middle-East is expected to generate significant demand for ground handling systems in the coming years. Also, countries in Africa have plans to enhance the passenger and cargo handling capacity of airports. This is likely to propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.
  • The growing emphasis on the modernization of ground handling systems, to improve the reliability, safety, and efficiency of ground operations and aircraft handling, is expected to propel the market in the years to come. Advancements in mechatronics and robotics, along with electrical and mechanical innovations, are expected to play a vital role in increasing the efficiency of ground handling operations in the airports in the region.

Scope of the Report

Ground handling systems include all items and equipment that are used for handling aircraft, passengers, cargo, and baggage. Cargo and baggage handling include all equipment for loading at the airport to conveyor belts and sorting mechanism, and software, trolleys, power trucks, aircraft transfer belts, and conveyors, including baggage management systems. However, military cargo and baggage are not included in the study’s scope.

Aircraft Handling
Passenger Handling
Cargo and Baggage Handling
Middle-East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Air Passenger Traffic Necessitating the Procurement of the Latest Ground Handling Systems

In the Middle-East &Africa, the number of people opting for air travel increased in the past few years. In 2019, airlines in this region accounted for over 12% of the global air passenger traffic. The increase in passenger traffic resulted in an increase in pressure on airports and airlines to opt for advanced ground handling infrastructure that can enhance their ground operations and support their motive of reducing aircraft turnaround time. Correspondingly, airports are procuring an array of ground handling systems to facilitate the quick and smooth flow of passengers, baggage, and cargo, thereby increasing the efficiency of the airports. Moreover, ground handlers are procuring environment-friendly technologies that reduce the carbon footprint from the ever-increasing number of airport ground handling operations. In Dubai International Airport, the ground handling service provider, dnata, replaced many of its ramp vehicles, GSEs, and forklifts, with hybrid or electric alternatives that help in extending life-cycles, decrease engine emissions and reduce waste. In December 2019, dnata performed its first safe turnaround of a flydubai Boeing 737-800 aircraft using its new zero-emission ramp ground support equipment (GSE) at Dubai International’s (DXB) Terminal 2. Such developments are expected to enhance the market prospects during the forecast period.

Middle-East and Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market_Summary

Saudi Arabia is Expected to Show Significant Growth in the Market

Saudi Arabia witnessed the highest number of passenger traffic and flight movements from airports in 2018. Its passenger traffic grew from 92.42 million passengers in 2017, to 99.86 million passengers in 2018, with an increase of 8%. The Saudi government approved an expansion plan for the country’s airports to renovate old airports and new ones constructed, as a part of the transport development program for Vision 2030. The planned expansion includes the redevelopment of the airports in Al Ahsa, Abha, Al Qassim, Arar, Hail, and Jazan, as well as the construction of new terminals at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. There are also plans to develop new airports in Al-Qunfudah, Farasan Island and Taif, Riyadh North, and Riyadh South. Correspondingly, ground handling companies are being awarded long-term ground handling contracts. In January 2020, SATS Saudi Arabia won a 25-year cargo terminal concession in King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh cargo terminal will be the second cargo operation in Saudi Arabia for SATS, after the one at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam. Construction of the SATS Cargo Terminal in KKIA will take place over two phases, with the first phase expected to be completed in mid-2022. Upon full completion, the cargo terminal will have the capacity to handle up to 600,000 metric ton of cargo annually. Such contracts are expected to generate demand for the ground handling equipment in the country, thereby driving the market during the forecast period.

Middle-East and Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market_Segmentation

Competitive Landscape

Siemens AG, Cavotec SA, ALVEST, usimat sermees, and ERSEL are some of the prominent players in the market. Ground handling systems manufacturers are focusing on increasing their sales in the region, as the demand for new equipment is increasing simultaneously with the growing airport infrastructure investments in the region. These players are investing heavily in research and development of future technologies to reduce the efforts of the ground support staff. Also, several players are focusing on the development of zero-emission ground handling vehicles, which is expected to generate new opportunities for the players during the forecast period in the region.

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 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 Aircraft Handling

      2. 5.1.2 Passenger Handling

      3. 5.1.3 Cargo and Baggage Handling

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Middle-East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Turkey

        4. Egypt

        5. Nigeria

        6. Rest of Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Siemens AG

      2. 6.1.2 Cavotec SA

      3. 6.1.3 ALVEST

      4. 6.1.4 usimat sermees

      5. 6.1.5 DENGE - Ground Support Equipment Manufacturer (GSE)

      6. 6.1.6 ERSEL

      7. 6.1.7 High Dam

      8. 6.1.8 Excel Group



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle-East and Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Middle-East and Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >7% over the next 5 years.

Siemens AG, Cavotec SA, ALVEST , usimat sermees, ERSEL are the major companies operating in Middle-East and Africa Airport Ground Handling Systems Market .

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