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Airport Robots Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (Humanoid and Non-Humanoid), By Application (Landside/Valet Parking and Terminal (Airport Security and Cleaning, Boarding Pass Scanning, Airport Baggage System, and Passenger Guidance), and Regional Forecast, 2024 - 2032

Last Updated: June 24, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI105867

 

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The global airport robots market size was USD 500.3 million in 2023. The market is projected to grow from USD 535.3 million in 2024 to USD 901.9 million in 2032 at a CAGR of 6.74% during the 2024-2032 period. North America dominated the airport robot market with a market share of 30.22% in 2023.

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The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with airport robots witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.


The robot industry witnessed an increase in demand for autonomous robots worldwide for airport passenger services and security applications. These robots assist airport workers in interacting with passengers and providing assistance at the airport. Moreover, the robot facial recognition system helps to do contactless boarding at airport. Furthermore, the airport's authority of developed and developing regions is conducting trials using robots to provide travelers with information, direction, and entertainment.


Airport robots also provide cleaning, security, and baggage loading unloading services. The growing use of robots at airports worldwide is propelling the industry forward in the future. In the years ahead, the adoption of advanced technology robots to improve airport services results in a better customer experience. As a result, the market is likely to develop due to the increasing adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and catboats for processing airline bookings and inquiries.


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the aviation industry, leading to a significant decline in air travel demand and passenger numbers. It is noteworthy that the passenger volumes in the Asia Pacific and North American markets experienced a significant decrease of 71.5% in March. In addition, the pandemic-induced lockdowns halted airport robot production and new procurement, limiting investments. To mitigate the effects of COVID-19, airport authorities began planning the deployment of fully autonomous robots for various airport operations to reduce the spread of the virus and minimize the need for manual cleaning services. For instance, Gerald R. Ford International Airport introduced a cleaning robot that utilizes ultraviolet light for effective disinfection, surpassing the efficiency and speed of human workers.


Airport Robots Market Trends


Rising Development of Smart Airports and Integration of Modern Technologies to Enhance Airport Services is a Key Market Trend


In recent years, the development of smart airports has grown considerably with the introduction of innovative technologies, which help to enhance passenger experiences. Furthermore, governments in developed countries are investing in smart airports and green airport initiatives to reduce the adverse effects on the environment. Furthermore, smart parking is an emerging concept at these airports. This will increase the demand for airport operations-specific robots. Furthermore, the aviation sector is witnessing a colossal transformation, due to the emergence of AI, Machine Learning, IoT, and AR. For instance, in February 2024, The San Antonio City Council approved a 12-month agreement with Knightscope Inc. for a robotic service tasked with responding to security alarms at doors that have been improperly opened at the San Antonio International Airport.


Furthermore, Incheon Airport of South Korea installed a second-generation guide Airstar robot. Airstar is the world’s first commercialized airport guide robot with self-driving, voice recognition, and artificial intelligence technology. Moreover, the Indian airport has the “RADA” robot of Vistara airlines installed in 2018 at Delhi International Airport. Munich International Airport in Germany has a humanoid robot, “Josie Pepper,” created by Softbank and IBM.


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Airport Robots Market Growth Factors


Rising Focus on Improving Airport Security and Cleaning Services through Automation to Aid Growth


Airlines' growing focus on offering advanced airport facilities to enhance passenger experience and security fuels the demand for security robots and airport cleaning robots. Airport security is a highly sensitive aspect for airport authorities, and it also necessitates manual labor, which raises overall security operation costs. On the other hand, the use of robots lowers security operation costs and improves efficiency and accuracy. As a result, the global airport robots market growth is anticipated to increase over the forecast period.



  • In October 2021, Kansai Airports announced that it had deployed the Secom Robot X2 at Terminal 2 and the railway station of Kansai International Airport (KIX). The Secom Robot X2 is an autonomous security robot and can autonomously navigate patrol routes, employing a laser sensor to identify its location. This robot has an in-built camera to capture pictures during patrolling, which can help identify any unusual activity at the airport.

  • In March 2018, Ministry of Interior of Qatar together with Internal Security Force had introduced a security robot at the Hamad International Airport. This robot has integrated camera, sensor, and facial recognition system. This robot can be used to detect suspicious persons and objects and measure pulse rate remotely.


Growing Demand for New Airports Due to Increasing Air Passenger Traffic to Boost Growth


In the past decade, there has been exponential growth in air passengers. According to International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) air passenger forecast, the number of air travelers could double to 8.2 billion by the end of 2037. The constant rise in air traffic increases demand for new airports and fast and efficient passenger services. Therefore, the airports are upgrading their conventional systems with highly advanced and automatic robotic systems to reduce the waiting time of air passengers. Airport robot is best to minimize passengers' check-in time. They can provide every necessary service to fast check-ins, such as baggage loading or unloading, passenger screening, and baggage screening. In December 2020, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) began the construction of a new airport on a greenfield site in Hollongi. The project cost is USD 87 million and includes constructing a 4,100 sq. passenger terminal building and airside works. The terminal will be equipped with eight check-in counters and process 200 passengers an hour. The project is expected to be completed by November 2022. Moreover, due to increased air traffic, the airport authority faces challenges in car parking. This issue can also reduce by deploying advanced, smart valet airport robot parking.


RESTRAINING FACTORS


High Production, Deployment, and Maintenance Costs of Airport Robots to Hamper Market Growth


Airport systems and equipment manufacturers are focusing on developing technologically advanced systems to replace conventional systems at airports. Moreover, airports authorities are looking forward to building smart airports, an initiative taken by the governments of various countries. However, high costs related to robot production and implementation at airports and high costs associated with maintenance hamper the market's growth.


Airport Robots Market Segmentation Analysis


By Type Analysis


Non-humanoid Segment to Dominate Market in 2023


The market is classified into humanoid and non-humanoid based on type.


The non-humanoid segment held the dominant share in the base year. The large percentage of the non-humanoid type is due to its prominent use for moving cargo, cargo loading or unloading, and baggage loading and unloading.


On the other hand, the humanoid segment is predicted to showcase the highest growth rate in the market during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the appearance of a humanoid robot. This robot has a human-like appearance and can also interacts with tools or environments made for humans. These robots are multitasking and can function in different environments. Therefore, the demand for such robots is increasing to provide passenger services.


By Application Analysis


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Terminal Segment to Grow at Faster Pace During Forecast Period


Based on application, the global market is classified into terminal and landside/valet parking. The terminal segment is further classified into boarding pass scanning, airport security and cleaning, passenger guidance, and airport baggage system.


The terminal segment dominates the market in the base year and is expected to remain dominant throughout the global forecast period. Airport security and cleaning, baggage system, boarding pass scanning, and passenger guidance are provided at the terminal side. Therefore, the terminal segment also exhibits strong growth during 2024-2032. This growth is attributed to the rising adoption of robots for passenger guidance and airport security and cleaning.


The landside/valet parking segment is anticipated to witness significant growth during the projection period due to the demand for smart airport robots for smart car parking applications.


REGIONAL INSIGHTS


North America Airport Robots Market Size, 2023 (USD Million)

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North America stood at USD 151.2 million in 2023. With big corporations and a robust infrastructure to strengthen the aerospace sector, North America has been a leading player in this market. A large number of airports in the U.S. and the fast adoption of modern airport technologies to enhance passenger experience are expected to support the market growth in North America.


During the forecast period, Asia Pacific region is predicted to develop faster growth in the market. China is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world. According to the IATA (International Air Transport Association), China is expected to overtake the U.S. as the world's largest aviation market soon. In addition, the rising number of new airport projects and passenger traffic in India propels the demand for airport robots during the global forecast period.


Due to increased business and leisure travel, European firms' demand for air travel is gradually expanding. According to the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, the region's aviation industry is expected to grow by more than 53% in flight movements between 2019 and 2040. This increase in fleet size is expected to spark airport authorities' interest in spending considerable sums on modernizing existing facilities.


The market in the rest of the world will increase at a moderate pace due to rising investment in airport modernization in the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.


List of Key Companies in Airport Robots Market


Adoption of Advanced Technology and Continuous Innovation Strategy Adopted to Sustain Market Position 


The major market companies such as Stanley Robotics, SITA, ABB Ltd, and LG Electronics Inc. focus on constant innovation to offer advanced airport robots. Moreover, they are also increasing their R&D investment and the interest in technological adoption, strategic acquisition, and partnership to design and develop modern humanoid airport robots.


Furthermore, key companies adopt organic and inorganic growth strategies such as new robot launches and enter into long-term contracts with airport authorities to withstand their market position.


LIST OF KEY COMPANIES PROFILED:



  • LG Electronics Inc. (South Korea)

  • SoftBank Corp. (Japan)

  • ABB Ltd (Switzerland)

  • Stanley Robotics (U.K.)

  • SITA (Switzerland)

  • YUJIN ROBOT Co., Ltd. (South Korea)

  • Universal Robots A/S (Denmark)

  • ECA GROUP (France)

  • Avidbots Corp (U.S.)

  • Cyberdyne Inc.(Japan)


KEY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS:



  • April 2024 – The Alaskan government deployed a robotic dog, Aurora, at Fairbanks Airport intended to enhance safety. The robot has been designed by Andrea Deppner, utilizes cutting-edge technology to discourage wildlife, and was financed by a Federal Grant.

  • April 2024 - The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport deployed intelligent cleaning robots, marking a significant step toward technological innovation in the Indian aviation industry. These robots would ensure a cleaner and more hygienic environment for passengers throughout the Ahmedabad airport terminal.  These highly skilled janitors are equipped to handle all floor cleaning tasks, including scrubbing, drying, and mopping. They cover an impressive 13,000 square feet per hour.

  • March 2024 – Munich Airport introduced an innovative JEEVES service robot. Passengers at the Munich Airport can shop at a self-driving robot. A robot of this type, originally designed for use in the hotel and healthcare sectors, began to be used for the first time in the world as a snack bot at an airport.

  • December 2023 – Doosan Robotics signed a memorandum of understanding with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Danish company Cobot Lift Aps to supply its airport baggage-handling cobots to Schiphol Airport.

  • June 2022 - Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) introduced the first-of-its-kind AI-driven assistance robots to enhance the passenger experience at the airport. Ten robots have already been deployed to help guide passengers through the airport and answer basic questions. The robot count would be increased in a calibrated manner and further developed over a period of time in terms of functionality and features.


REPORT COVERAGE


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The global airport robots market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as key manufacturers, robot types, and applications. Moreover, the report offers insights into the trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the market report encompasses several direct and indirect factors that have contributed to the market growth in recent years.


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Report Scope & Segmentation
















































ATTRIBUTE



DETAILS



Study Period



2019-2032



Base Year



2023



Estimated Year



2024



Forecast Period



2024-2032



Historical Period



2019-2022



Growth Rate



CAGR of 6.74% from 2024-2032



Unit



Value (USD Million)



Segmentation



By Type



  • Humanoid

  • Non-Humanoid



By Application



  • Landside/Valet Parking

  • Terminal


    • Airport Security and Cleaning

    • Boarding Pass Scanning

    • Airport Baggage System

    • Passenger Guidance




 By Geography



  • North America (By Type, Application, and Country)


    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)


  • Europe (By Type, Application, and Country)


    • U.K. (By Application)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • Russia (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)


  • Asia Pacific (By Type, Application, and Country)


    • Japan (By Application)

    • China (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • South Korea (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application)


  • Rest of the World (By Type, Application, and Country)


    • Latin America (By Application)

    • Middle East & Africa (By Application)







Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 500.3 million in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 901.9 million by 2032.

Registering a CAGR of 6.74%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2024-2032).

The terminal segment is the leading segment in the market

Stanley Robotics, ABB Ltd, and LG Electronics Inc. are the leading players in the global market.

North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2023.

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