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Increasing Air Passenger Traffic Drives the Global Airport Airside Services Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

July 30, 2013 Airport No Comments Email Email

Ground handling services have evolved over the years to now become one of the most focused service areas in the aviation industry.

Increase in business and leisure travel, expansion in the number of passenger seats by airline companies, growing pressure to reduce the time planes are parked in the airport, and efficient use of scarce airport resources, are all factors driving growth of airport airside services. The increase in the number and importance of hub airports is also benefiting demand as efficient delivery of these services now becomes a key performance deliverable for airline companies. The growing number of airlines, especially low cost airlines, and rise in air freight volumes will especially lend traction to growth in the Airport Airside Services market. As global skies become increasingly crowded, airports in most countries will require significant upgradation and improvement to services rendered to aircrafts and passengers alike in order to prevent disruptions and chaos in air traffic management.

Defined as being inclusive of all services rendered in areas accessible to aircrafts like taxiway, runways, and ramp, airside services are of critical importance in driving the operational efficiency and profits of airline companies. The rise in prices of aviation fuel, and the growing pressure to cut airline costs is resulting in airline operators increasingly outsourcing airside jobs to third party service providers. Outsourcing of ground handling activities is poised to balloon into a major trend with independent service providers expected to corner a lion’s share of the market in the coming years. Armed with skilled manpower, necessary equipment, and required technical expertise, independent ground handling service providers offer unrivaled advantages over captive services offered by airline companies. Key benefits include reduced costs and need for investments in infrastructure and equipment, and greater efficiencies. Outsourced airside services also make strong business sense for airlines having limited services at a particular location.

Intensifying competition among airline companies is additionally necessitating the need to gain competitive advantage by providing greater passenger comfort and travel safety and achieving greater aircraft movement and passenger throughput. This thereby is encouraging airline operators to opt for expert airside services offered by specialized service providers. Annual service contracts at bargain prices also help airline companies reduce expenditure when compared to setting up own infrastructure, and dedicating fulltime human resources and capital assets for offering these services.

Global Growth in the coming years is forecast to be primarily driven by developing countries in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East. Increased aviation activity in these markets in the form of increased air travel, and expansion and upgradation of airport infrastructure, will drive growth in these markets. These countries armed with strong economic growth, sophisticated financial systems unencumbered by fiscal deficits and sovereign debt risks and high inflationary pressures, are emerging at the forefront of new airport investments worldwide. A key reason for the aggressive focus on airport infrastructure development is the fact that airports are gateways to trade and business. In Asia-Pacific, growth will be driven by booming aviation sector in Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, China and India. Characterized by huge population, increasing urbanization and vast expanse of land that necessitates extensive domestic travelling, India and China especially present robust opportunities for growth.

As stated by the new market research report on Airport Airside Services, the United States represents the largest market worldwide. Asia-Pacific is forecast to emerge as the fastest growing market with a projected CAGR of 5.5% over the analysis period. Ramp Handling represents the largest market segment supported by the need for aircraft marshalling on ground, parking assistance, aircraft towing and pushback, provision and operation of necessary units for engine starting, and safe passenger movement.

Major players in the market include ACCIONA Airport Services, Aviapartner, Aircraft Service International Group Inc., Dnata, Evergreen Aviation Ground Logistics Enterprise Inc., Flightcare Ground Services, Impel SA, Menzies Aviation PLC, National Aviation Services, SATS Ltd., Serviços Auxiliares de Transporte Aéreo SA, Servisair, Swissport International Ltd., Universal Aviation, and Worldwide Flight Services, among others.

The research report titled “Airport Airside Services: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections for Airport Airside Services in US$ Million for all major geographic markets including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East (Saudi Arabia, UAE and Rest of Middle East), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Rest of Latin America) and Africa. Service segments analyzed include Ramp Handling and Others.

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