Aircraft Ground Handling System Market Size By Product (Passenger Handling, Cargo Handling, Aircraft Handling), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Middle East, South Africa), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024
Published Date: Jun 2017 | 110 Pages | Report ID: GMI106 | Authors: Vitika Verma, Amulya Agarwal Report Format: PDF
Aircraft Ground Handling System Market size was around USD 110 billion in 2016.
U.S. Aircraft Ground Handling System Market, By Product, 2016
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Airports around the world are getting modernized and looking towards expansion measures with improvised infrastructure services, and technological advancements in order to reduce delays in operations at airports. The ground handling systems are crucial and demand minimum error likelihood as the industry follows its operations on the basis of on-time-performance (OTP). These modernization and expansion measures will further fuel the industry growth. Moreover, initiatives taken by airport authorities and governments across the globe have positively impacted the aircraft ground handling system market.
The industry possesses constant threat of aircraft collisions with the ground equipment and suffers major losses owing to these collisions. The manufacturers are compelled to use innovative technologies such as aircraft proximity detector (APD) that warns about upcoming obstacles. However, high initial costs and expensive replacement is anticipated to hamper industry growth during the forecast timeframe. Moreover, quality issues and shortage of these systems may also hinder the aircraft ground handling system market growth.
Usage of renewable energy sources to power equipment is the major trend that has gained prominence in this industry. For instance, the majority of ground handlers are using biogas snow equipment for removing snow at airports. Shift of ground handlers towards tempered steam technology is gaining traction in the aircraft ground handling system market. This technology is used for reducing fuel usage and saving operational costs to airport operators. Manufacturers are increasingly investing on R&D activities to gain competitive edge by innovating their portfolio. Moreover, incorporation of IoT in ground support functions has led to the development of innovative software to cater to the specific needs of ground handlers.
Aircraft Ground Handling System Market, By Product
Aircraft ground handling system market growth can be attributed to increasing fleet to address the increased demand for travel. The growing passenger traffic and increasing turnaround led to development of efficient and innovative systems. Moreover, support from airport authorities for major investments for R&D and new innovations in this equipment will propel this segment’s growth. Aircraft handling includes the support equipment such as refuelers, start units, chocks, jet air starter, tow bars, Tow tractors, de-icing, anti-icing system, and hydraulic testing units.
Cargo dominated the aircraft ground handling system market size and is forecast to continue its dominance in the coming years. This growth can be attributed to innovative equipment for various applications that contribute towards increased revenue. Some of the products are lift trucks, containers, caster bed & pallet trailers, scissor lifts, and roller conveyors.
Aircraft Ground Handling System Market, By Region
North America is set to continue its dominance in the aircraft ground handling system market during the forecast timespan. Increasing focus of airport authorities towards enhancements in efficiency of operations for satisfying demands of rising passenger traffic will support the industry growth. Moreover, a total of around 296.8 million passengers were handled from the top 10 busiest airports in the U.S. in 2015. Canada also have handled around 110.9 million passengers in 2015 from top 10 busiest airports, thus demanding for technologically advanced ground handling systems for all aircraft, passenger, and cargo equipment.
Asia Pacific aircraft ground handling system market accounted over 25% of share in 2016 and will witness substantial growth, which can be credited to the rising urbanization, increasing population, and prominence of travelling by air. Incorporation of innovative technologies will support the industry growth. Moreover, initiatives by airport authorities for expansion of airport infrastructure and increasing investments for infrastructural development will further support the industry in the region.
Europe aircraft ground handling system market will witness significant growth in the forecast timeframe due to the global proliferation, growing number of passengers, and surging number of new aircraft that has led to heavy investments in construction of advanced airports and additional runways thus catapulting the industry growth. Germany and France collectively accounted for about 40% of the European industry as a result of the technological advancements across products.
Competitive Market Share
The industry is highly fragmented with about 1000 companies providing aircraft ground handling system market products and services. Swissport, SATS, John Menzies, Bhadra, Celebi, Air+Mak, and Dnata are among the prominent players. Other notable players in the industry include CargoTec, Cavotec SA, PrimeFlight, RampSnake and JBT AeroTech.
Earlier, airline service providers operated the ground handling services. Liberalization has opened new opportunities and facilitated greater market access for the outsourcing vendors specializing in various areas. Currently, above 50% of the services are being provided by the third-party providers. In the U.S., about 65% of the industry is serviced by main airlines’ own handling companies. Each airport and country has different rules and processes for entering the industry. This provides cost-effective alternatives to small service providers to enter the industry.
The aircraft ground handling system market players are focusing on strategic alliances with leading airline operators. For instance, in February 2017, Swissport signed a contract for ground handling services with flydubai that includes passenger handling, baggage services, load control and operation coordination. In May 2017, Swissport entered a strategic alliance with TCS in order to enhance its technological infrastructure and to make optimum decisions for investments. In March 2017, SATS Ltd entered a strategic partnership with Hong Kong Airlines in order to manage their cargo and ramp handling services.
Aircraft Ground Handling System Industry Background
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Aircraft ground handling system market drivers include improving productivity and reduction of turnaround time. These provide different services for the aircraft and handle tasks with high complexity on a daily basis. They also help improve time efficiency of ground processes to avoid delays. Accuracy, efficiency, and speed play a vital role to reduce the turn-around time and operational efficiency to simplify the ground handlers’ task. Ever increasing cargo and passenger traffic has stimulated the service demand and thus positively impacted the industry.
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