Status : Published Published On : Dec, 2023 Report Code : VRAD12009 Industry : Aerospace and Defense Available Format : Page : 160

Global Airport Operations Market - Analysis and Forecast (2025-2030)

Industry Insights by Technology (Passenger Screening [Hand Held Scanners, Walk Through Scanners, Full Body Scanners], Baggage Scanners, Smart Tag & RFID, E-Gate & E-Kiosk [Smart Boarding Systems & Smart Biometric Systems], 5 G Infrastructure, Cybersecurity Solutions, Ground Support Equipment), Industry, and Region

Industry Overview

The Global Airport Operations Market is estimated to be USD 8.3 billion in 2023 and is predicted to reach USD 14.7 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 11.6% during the forecast period. The major factors responsible for airport operations market growth were the surge in passenger traffic volumes through an increase in flight capacity and frequency, particularly from developing economies. Moreover, rapid globalization and favourable economic conditions have also increased the profit margins, which thereby fueled manufacturing activities, causing more frequent cargo flights from developing economies to developed ones and vice versa. China has become an export-based economy, so air cargo traffic in the country has surged a lot in the past decade, followed by other Asian giants like South Korea, India, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Additionally, a small chunk of airport revenues also comes from passengers shopping at retail stores, eating at restaurants, and purchasing antiques from duty-free shops, while waiting for the flights.

Airport Operations Market

The majority of the airport operations include businesses which operate on national, international, and civil airports. It includes air traffic control services, baggage & cargo handling services, aircraft refuelling, aircraft parking and rental services, aircraft maintenance, and hangar space rental space services. According to in-house estimates, the current projection for 2025 is projected to be lower than pre-COVID-19 estimates. Realistically, the airport operations market is expected to recover from mid-2021 and will be struggling with a growth rate from 2020 to 2021. In an optimistic scenario, the market is expected to recover from Q3 of 2020, owing to government stimulus for airport operations and subsequent rise in the cargo activities, from the essential manufacturing base.

Market Segmentation

Insight by Technology

Based upon technology, the airport operations market is categorized into passenger screening, baggage scanners, smart tag & RFID, E-gate & E-kiosk, 5G infrastructure, cybersecurity solutions, and ground support equipment. The passenger screening market is further being bifurcated as hand held scanners, walk through scanners, and full body scanners. E-Gate & E-Kiosk segment is further segmented into smart boarding systems and smart biometric systems. The current pandemic of COVID-19 has created ripples across several industry verticals. The ongoing pandemic has led to the suspension of passenger flights, which is causing setback in ground support equipment segment. Ground support equipment on the airport operations is responsible for its smooth functioning such as timely loading and unloading of baggage and cargo from the aircraft, including boarding of passengers and crew members. According to the estimates of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), more than 150 countries has imposed air travel restrictions due to ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This has resulted in loss of revenue for ground handlers in the first quarter of 2020. Moreover, the orders for the ground support equipment that were scheduled to be delivered have also been disrupted due to supply chain constraints.

Global Airport Operations Market Report Coverage

Report Metric


Historical Period

2018 - 2023

Base Year Considered


Forecast Period

2025 - 2030

Market Size in 2023

U.S.D.  8.3 Billion

Revenue Forecast in 2030

U.S.D.  14.7 Billion

Growth Rate


Segments Covered in the Report

By Technology

Report Scope

Market Trends, Drivers, and Restraints; Revenue Estimation and Forecast; Segmentation Analysis; Impact of COVID-19; Companies’ Strategic Developments; Market Share Analysis of Key Players; Company Profiling

Regions Covered in the Report

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Rest of the World

Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturing industry is badly hit. The manufacturing slowdown in China has affected the manufacturing business in more than 15 countries, due to country-wide lockdowns, strict international border controls, social distancing measures for workers, and supply chain issues from China. Moreover, according to the ISM global supply chain survey results, more than 75.0% of the manufacturing firms reported disruptions in the supply chain, owing to transportation restrictions due to countrywide lockdowns to avoid the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Airline cargo transport more than 52 million metric tons of goods annually, accounting more than 35% of the global trade value, constituting less than 1% of the world trade by all modes of transport. This is equals to around US$ 6.8 trillion worth of goods and merchandise annually, representing US$ 18.6 billion worth of goods each day.

Most of the airports across the globe have evolved from being international travel enabler to integral part of the socio-economic engine driving regional economic growth of the country. The shift was characterized by four forces, playing crucial role in the functioning of airports. It includes externalization of airports, internal focus on the airport operations, thereby improving passenger experience rather than simple origin to destination operability and serving the social and the economic needs of the large set of workers associated with airport functioning on the daily basis. Moreover, changes in the strategic and financial drivers, particularly driven by increasing pressure of airline operators on the aeronautical fees, with more focus on inter-city domestic airline carriers.


However, the airport operations are highly cost-intensive with various complexities, with majority of the revenue sources are mitigated with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This is a key factor that acts as a hurdle for the growth of the airport operations market. 

Geographic Overview

Geographically, North America is the largest revenue contributor in the airport operations market due to growth of pandemic massively in the region. The demand for opening up of different revenue strategies has been in thinking by the companies based in the region in order to fight coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 cases in North America is also enhancing rapidly with registered cases of almost 5,04,780 and 18,763 deaths as registered in the first week of May.

Travel bans led to the loss of air traffic, which had negatively impacted Asia Pacific region. The Airports Council International (ACI) has warned countries in the region for the prolonged duration of COVID-19, which will prevent it from previously forecasted growth prospects. The airport association urged airline regulators and government to implement relief measures tailored to the local level contexts. According to ACI World estimates, Asia Pacific is impacted the worst, with passenger traffic volumes down by 24% in the first quarter of 2020 as compared to forecasted traffic levels without COVID-19. Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, and the Republic of Korea remain widely affected by sizeable losses in traffic volumes. Meanwhile, there is a sudden spike in the COVID-19 cases in several countries of West Asia, which is expected to negatively impact traffic volume by more than -4.2% as travelers and airlines adjust their aircraft and seat offerings.

The manufacturing sector is likely to receive severe hit. Direct supply disruptions will hinder production, since the outbreak is more focused on globe’s manufacturing heartlands, East Asian countries (China, Japan, and South Korea) and it is spreading exponentially to industrial giants like the U.S., UK, Germany, and France. This supply chain contagion will amplify supply shocks to less affected countries, as the procurement of raw materials in between the nations will become expensive. Moreover, there would also be disruptions in the demand due to recession, purchase and investment delays by consumers and respective firms.

The top ten countries hardest hit by COVID-19 are the ten largest economies in the world, excluding India and Iran. The U.S., China, France, the UK, Japan, Germany, and Italy are all in the top ten most affected countries by the pandemic. While China, was the hardest hit, in the last few days the outbreak has seen an exponential rise in the cases in all G7 economies. Among G7 economies, the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, and Italy accounted for more than 60% of the world’s supply and demand (GDP), 65% of the world's manufacturing, and 41% of the world’s manufacturing exports. 

Competitive Insight

FLIR Systems (US), Honeywell (US), SITA (Switzerland), Collins Aerospace (US), Siemens AG (Germany), Fluke Corporation (US), Thales Group (France) Daifuku Co., Ltd. (Japan), Amadeus IT Group (Spain), among others are some of the leading players operating in the airport operations market. These players have adopted growth strategies such as new product developments, contracts, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, and acquisitions to expand their presence in the market further. There are opportunities for innovative companies to manufacture smart biometric solutions, thermal imaging, and fever detection scanners.

Recent Developments by Key Players

Honeywell (a global technology leader) has inaugurated its cutting-edge Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) manufacturing facility in Gurugram. This innovative AGL solution, conceived under India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative that is set to transform airport operations, making aircraft landings safer and more efficient. Honeywell’s AGL is poised to redefine the aviation industry landscape, adhering to rigorous global aviation standards and regulations.

Qatar Airways and SITA has collaborated to transform the airline's global network infrastructure with state-of-the-art secure access service edge (SASE) solutions that boost security, connectivity and operational efficiency.

Primary Research

VynZ Research conducts extensive primary research to understand the market dynamics, validate market data and have key opinions from the industry experts. The key profiles approached within the industry includes, CEO, CFO, CTO, President, Vice President, Product Managers, Regional Heads and Others. Also, end user surveys comprising of consumers are also conducted to understand consumer behavior.

The Airport Operations Market report offers a comprehensive market segmentation analysis along with an estimation for the forecast period 2025–2030.

Segments Covered in the Report

  • Technology
    • Passenger Screening
      • Hand Held Scanners
      • Walk Through Scanners
      • Full Body Scanners
    • Baggage Scanners
    • Smart Tag & RFID
    • E-Gate & E-Kiosk
      • Smart Boarding Systems
      • Smart Biometric Systems
    • 5 G Infrastructure
    • Cybersecurity Solutions
    • Ground Support Equipment

Region Covered in the Report

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)
    • Brazil
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • U.A.E.
    • Other Countries


Airport Operations Market Size

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Airport Operations Market Analysis

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Frequently Asked Questions

FLIR Systems (US), Honeywell (US), SITA (Switzerland), Collins Aerospace (US), Siemens AG (Germany), Fluke Corporation (US), Thales Group (France) Daifuku Co., Ltd. (Japan), Amadeus IT Group (Spain), among others are some of the leading players operating in the airport operations market.
North America is the largest revenue contributor in the airport operations market.
Based upon technology, the airport operations market is categorized into passenger screening, baggage scanners, smart tag & RFID, E-gate & E-kiosk, 5G infrastructure, cybersecurity solutions, and ground support equipment.
The global airport operations market is growing at a CAGR of 11.0% during the forecast period 2025-2030.
The global airport operations market is predicted to reach USD 14.3 billion by 2030.

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