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Airport Baggage Handling Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Airport Baggage Handling Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Airport Baggage Handling Systems Market was valued at about USD 5.03 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow to approximately USD 7.32 billion by 2026, with a CAGR of over 6.7% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent reduction in passenger traffic in 2020, the revenues of airports and airlines have been severely affected. This factor is expected to force the airport authorities and the airlines to take a conservative approach towards investing in augmenting airport infrastructure, thereby affecting the market of baggage handling systems, at least in the near future.

However, the pandemic is expected to drive significant changes in the baggage handling process. The demand for contactless and self-service technologies on arrival and on departure is expected to reflect in the baggage handling operations as well. Some of the airports have invested in the installation and testing of the new baggage handling systems such as self-service bag drops, RFID baggage handling, and tracking solutions, disinfection of baggage either by aerosols or using UV light, and automated baggage handling systems in 2020.

As the passenger traffic recovers and the profit margins improve in the latter half of the forecast period, the airport operators and airlines are expected to install advanced systems for efficient baggage handling and tracking to enhance passenger experience and ensure smother operations, which is expected to drive the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Baggage mishandling has been one of the major challenges for the aviation authority over the years. However, focus on better baggage tracking procedures and the introduction of the recent IATA’s Resolution 753, which requires airlines to track bags at the four main touchpoints (make-up, loading, transfer and arrival) across the journey, have helped reduce the number of mishandled bags over the last few years. Companies are investing in developing better baggage tracking technologies to obtain the data to comply with Resolution 753. Such investments are expected to drive the market growth in the years to come.

Key Market Trends

Above 40 million Segment will Exhibit Significant Growth During the Forecast Period

There is a significant increase in the number of airports entering the above 40 million passenger handling capacity segment. This is primarily due to the growing investments for expansion by major airports to cater to future passenger traffic and to reduce congestion. For instance, in October 2019, the Hamad International Airport in Qatar announced its second expansion phase plan, which will include the expansion of Phase A and B. Under Phase A, the passenger handling capacity is expected to increase to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022 and further increase to more than 60 million passengers after completion of Phase B. The passenger handling capacity prior to the start of the expansion project was about 35 million. Similar projects are ongoing in several other countries in different regions. Such airport expansion projects are anticipated to generate demand for new baggage handling systems that will allow efficient processing of the passengers and baggage in the airport. Large airports that were existing in this segment are also trying to increase their efficiency to reduce delays due to airport operations and congestion. In this regard, Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide selected Leonardo to install a baggage handling system for the new Pier G at Terminal 3 of Frankfurt Airport. The new system is capable of handling bags of about five million passengers annually with its two Multi-Sorting Baggage Handling System (MBHS) cross-belt sorting machines. The new baggage handling solution, which will incorporate safety and sorting functions, will be implemented in two phases. In 2021, the BHS will be delivered and installed as a stand-alone system, while, in the second phase the system will be expanded and integrated with the airport’s wider baggage handling system. Such similar developments in larger airports will propel the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

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

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the highest growth due to a rapid increase in the investments in airport infrastructure to cater to the growing passenger traffic in the region over the past few years. The airports in countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea have witnessed exponential growth in passenger traffic in the past few years. As a result of this, the airport authorities have increased their investments into the expansion of existing airports and construction of new airports in the region. As part of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), the country plans to increase its civil aviation capacity with accelerated investments towards airport construction. Under this new five-year plan, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) plans to open over 30 new civil airports and increase the civil aviation capacity by 43%. Likewise, in March 2021, Vanderlande Industries (VI) Australia was awarded a contract to supply a new baggage handling system (BHS) to Western Sydney International Airport (WSIA). The BHS will utilize digital technology to track, load, and move baggage more efficiently. The new airport is expected to enter operational readiness and acceptance trials (ORAT) in late 2024 and begin operations for international and domestic services in late 2026. With such robust expansion plans, the demand for new airport baggage handling systems in this region is expected to grow during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Some of the prominent players in the airport baggage handling systems market are SITA, Vanderlande Industries, BEUMER Group, Daifuku Co. Ltd, and Siemens AG. The companies have witnessed a slight decline in revenue from the baggage systems market in 2020 as the airlines and airports witnessed a decrease in revenue. However, the companies have been expanding their presence in various regions through partnerships with various airport authorities and airlines. For instance, in April 2021, Siemens Logistics, a subsidiary of Siemens AG received a contract from Incheon International Airport Corporation to expand the baggage handling system at Terminal 2 of Incheon Airport. In addition to the installation of baggage conveying and sorting technology, the company will also provide technical project management, layout design, and software solutions and integrate the new equipment into the existing system. Also, the companies have been investing in the research and development of new automated baggage handling solutions to enhance their sales and net profits. As the market demand improves with the growth in passenger traffic, it is expected that the smaller players will be acquired to gain a competitive advantage, to cater to the needs of the customer.

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1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD billion)
5.1 Airport Capacity
5.1.1 Up to 15 million
5.1.2 15-25 million
5.1.3 25-40 million
5.1.4 Above 40 million
5.2 Geography
5.2.1 North America United States Canada
5.2.2 Europe United Kingdom France Germany Rest of Europe
5.2.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.2.4 Latin America Brazil Rest of Latin America
5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Kuwait Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 Daifuku Co. Ltd
6.2.2 Glidepath Limited
6.2.3 Siemens AG
6.2.4 CIMC TianDa Holdings Co. Ltd
6.2.5 Vanderlande Industries
6.2.6 BEUMER Group
6.2.7 G&S Airport Conveyer
6.2.8 Ansir Systems
6.2.9 ALSTEF Automation, SAS
6.2.10 SITA
6.2.11 Leonardo S.p.A.


Report Title: Airport Baggage Handling Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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