Airport Information Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)
The Airport Information Systems Market is projected to register a CAGR of about 3.48% during the forecast period (2021-2026).
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a full-scale crisis with the imposition of travel restrictions and suspension of flights in a global effort to contain the spread of the virus. The aviation industry is in survival mode, crippled by the loss of traffic and revenues. According to the latest updates from IATA, ICAO, the Airports Council International (ACI), the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the international air passenger traffic in 2020 experienced a drop of about 50-55% as compared to 2020 baseline. Airline Revenue-Per-Kilometer (RPK) has dropped by 48% compared to 2019 value. Europe and Asia-Pacific are anticipated to be the worst hit in terms of international passenger traffic and revenues.
The number of people opting for air travel has increased in the past few years which has resulted in increased pressure on airports and airlines to opt for advanced systems that can enhance their ground operations and support their motive to reduce aircraft turnaround time. Upcoming airports use an array of technologies to improve their efficiency and connectivity, ranging from integrated sensors for monitoring temperature and lighting, smart baggage tags for tracking and directing luggage to the aircraft, biometric check-ins with facial recognition, and cargo warehousing management. Airports are using technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI)and predictive analysis for a wide range of applications, from customer service to operational efficiency. Thus, the integration of such technologies to create an outlook of operations of an airport and measure performance with associated key performance indicators (KPIs) is anticipated to drive the airport information systems market.
Airports are moving towards centralized architecture to meet the need for information sharing to different parties efficiently. Scanners and monitors are connected to airport systems and hackers can easily gain access to internal systems through these physical assets. Data from the airport is collected, stored, and distributed daily based on requirements that are vital for the airport to operate effectively. With regulations and systems becoming more complex, it is a huge task for manufacturers to keep up to speed with appropriate security measures. However, there is a prominent threat of cyber-attacks on airports that can lead to widespread disruption of services. According to the study of the European Aviation Security Agency (EASA), there is an average of 1,000 airport cyberattacks per month. The exploitation of such security vulnerabilities may limit the scope of integration of airport information systems during the forecast period.
Increasing Passenger Traffic Necessitating Adoption of Automated Technologies
The rapid growth of air traffic has necessitated airports to become highly adaptive, entrepreneurial, and proactive to address the ever-changing dynamics of the aviation industry. Airports have developed into multi-modal transportation hubs for passengers; hence efforts are being divested towards developing systems and processes that are digitally aware, interconnected, infused with intelligence, and easily accessed by all stakeholders. Airports are developing agile systems to predict capacity demand, provide enhanced passenger travel experience, improve operational process efficiency, improving staff productivity, and ensuring safety and security. In this regard, airports are investing in smart airport information management technologies. For instance, the Tampa airport announced in December 2019, that it is increasing the contract awarded to Audio Visual Innovations Inc., by USD 4.2 million for new technology upgrades. The previous contract was worth USD 3.75 million for LCD flat screens, cameras, and SMART interactive boards. The newer, extended contract covers seven new projects, including event space video wall upgrade, shuttle lobby information displays, meet-and-greet sign replacement, ticket counter modernization, temporary Suite B conference rooms, replacing displays on baggage belt tips with improved real-time data display, and consolidating display support. In addition, several airports around the world have started adopting solutions, like cloud-based enterprise software, to enhance operations and alleviate customer experience by providing real-time information to the passengers. The adoption of such technologies is driving the growth of the airport information systems market.
Asia-Pacific to Witness Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
Pre-COVID estimations depicted Asia-Pacific to become the largest aviation market geographically in terms of passenger traffic by 2022, with China and India dominating the regional market share. Though the pandemic has slowed down the growth rate of the aviation sector in the region, certain sophisticated systems are being added to the existing aviation infrastructure to promote seamless movement of passenger traffic. Nevertheless, the expansion or modernization of several airports in the region is currently underway. For instance, China plans to construct 216 new airports by 2035 and the Indian government plans to develop 100 additional airports in the country by 2024. This signifies a huge opportunity for the airport information systems integrators as the adoption of smart airport concepts would foster the demand for sophisticated airport information systems during the forecast period.
Honeywell International Inc, Amadeus IT Group SA, SITA, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and Thales SA are some of the prominent players in the airport information systems market. To effectively cater to the evolving capacity demand of the airports, software providers are partnering with hardware manufacturers to develop advanced all-in-one solutions for the end-users at a competitive price point. For instance, in January 2019, Airport Information Systems Limited (AIS) was appointed as the exclusive distributor of Smart TVs manufactured by Cello Electronics (UK) Limited within the airport marketplace. Cello 4K Smart TV displays operate based on the FIDSNET software from airport information systems, which helps in reducing the overall cost of procuring information display systems for the airports. To gain market share, the market players are expanding their product portfolio by investing significantly towards R&D. For example, at The Airport Show 2019, Honeywell International Inc. showcased its Internet of Things (IoT) enabled airport solutions for smarter, safer, and more secure airport operations. The solutions include the Honeywell NAVITAS software suite that gives controllers access to rich, real-time information on the ground, air traffic, and meteorological conditions. It also provides access to a common base of holistic information for more efficient and informed decision-making.