Air Traffic Control (ATC) is the use of communication, navigation technology, and monitoring methods to monitor and control aircraft flight activities to ensure flight safety and orderly flight. In the airspace of the flight route, different management airspaces are divided, including route, flight information management area, approach management area, tower management area, waiting for airspace management area, etc. Further, different radar equipment is used according to the management area. In the management airspace, the interval is divided, and the horizontal and vertical intervals between aircraft form the basis of air traffic management. The air traffic management system is composed of navigation equipment, radar system, secondary radar, communication equipment, and ground control center, which completes the monitoring, identification, and guidance of the aircraft in the coverage area.
The global air traffic control market size was valued USD 9.8 Billion in 2019 and projected to reach USD 15.27 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 5.52%. The major factors attributed to the rise in need for improved airspace management and technological advancements in communication and surveillance equipment. Additionally, the continuous need for monitoring air traffic and modernization of air traffic management infrastructure expected to drive the global air traffic control market in future periods. Moreover, the rising air traffic and the surge in aircraft movement and passenger & freight traffic will accelerate the growth of global air traffic control in the forthcoming periods. Increasing investments in airport upgrades in developed regions coupled with the rise in the number of airports in developing countries and the need for efficient airspace control management projected to fuel the growth of the global air traffic control market.
The airspace of the flight route is divided into different management airspaces, including air routes, flight information management area, approach management area, tower management area, waiting for airspace management area, etc. Furthermore, upsurge in the air passengers and new airports along with the rapidly growing economies of developing countries and increase in air travelers anticipated to trigger the growth of the global air traffic control market in the next few years. Also, the growing need for improvements in air traffic management and airport expansion and modernization across the developing nations will spur the growth of the air traffic control industry.
At present, people travel more frequently, and planes have become a vital travel choice in people’s lives. With the surge in demand for flying and dense routes, this puts forward higher requirements for air traffic control. The application of artificial intelligence technology based on the original technology, effectively carry out flight flow management, scientifically and rationally divert flights, to avoid aircraft flight conflicts. Also, the application of this technology has improved the efficiency of air traffic control, while also enhancing airport utilization. AI-based Air traffic control help in controlling and defining the air traffic routes through a computer-based intelligent machine to achieve the target standard and adopt time and energy. In the control process, use systems or robots, to meet a professional science that extends the capabilities of human intelligence and other aspects and play a role in the comprehensive application of technology and work efficiency.
Around USD 2 billion in infrastructure cost has been set, with delivery in the period 2019 to 2021 in Asia. Also, USD 19 billion costs of infrastructure enhancements at Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok, which will continue to 2023, the USD 5 billion third construction phase at Seoul (2022) and Vietnam’s USD16.3 billion Long Thanh airport (2023). In middle east some large ones are scheduled to finish two years later, such as Kuwait Airport’s expansion project (2023) and additional infrastructure at Dubai World Central is being delivered in a piecemeal fashion through to the end of the next decade.
Based on airspace, the global air traffic control market classified into Air Route Traffic Control Center, Terminal Radar Approach Control, Air Traffic Control Tower, and Remote Tower. The Air Route Traffic Control Center held the largest market share in 2019 and will witness significant growth in the forecast period. It is primarily attributed to its help in commanding view of most all ground operations, improving safety, efficiency, and security. Interestingly, the confluence of these various sightlines yielded a site on the landside area of the airport.
The remote tower segment will grow with a lucrative rate in the estimated period. Room tower is remote air traffic control (ATC) room with video-sensor-based surveillance, which provides an integrated solution for a range of services over conventional air traffic services.
Based on offering, the global air traffic control market segregated into Hardware (Radars, Antennas, Cameras, Control Tower Consoles, Display Systems, and Others), Software & Solutions (Communications Recording and Management, Data Gathering and Alert Systems, Incident Management, Interfacing and Integration, Platform and Suits) and Services. The hardware segment held a lucrative share in 2019 and projected to dominate the global air traffic control market by 2027. It is due to the rising technological advancements in hardware components such as radars, antennas, cameras, control tower consoles, display systems, and others.
The software & solutions will be the fastest-growing segment in the forecast period. It is owing to software help in capture and fuse voice, radar, CCTV video, and other data to get the synchronous view and 360-degree visibility into incidents.
Based on the sector, the global air traffic control) market bifurcated into Commercial and Defense. The commercial segment estimated to lead the market by 2027 due to ATC’s help to commercial airspace in finding flight paths and code of commercial conduct.
The defense segment will grow with a significant rate during the forecast period owing to ATC provide an Air Traffic Service within military airspace, which enables military pilots to conduct their flights in a safe environment.
Based on airport size, the global air traffic control market categorized into Large, Medium, and Small. The medium segment held for a significant market share in 2019 and will witness to gain maximum market revenue by 2027. It is attributable to the presence of large numbers of medium-sized airports across the world which handle more than 70% of the world’s air passenger traffic.
Based on the application, the global air traffic control market segregated into Communication, Navigation, Surveillance, and Automation. The communication segment held higher market potential in 2019. It is attributed to technological advancements in communication on account of the abundant use of air traffic control systems.
Automation will be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period due to the growing demand for automation in ATC, such as AI-based air traffic control.
Based on geography, the global air traffic control market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. Middle east estimated to occupy the lion’s share in the air traffic control market by 2027. It is owing to the modernization of airport infrastructure coupled with growing passenger traffic through the Middle East region.
The Asia Pacific, a prominent share of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) market and projected to remain dominant by 2027 owing to the upsurge in air passenger traffic, has led to the introduction of new airlines and rising affordability and low flight fares.
Companies such as Raytheon Company, BAE System, Thales Group, Indra Sistemas, Frequentis AG, Harris Corporation, Adacel Technologies, Leonardo S.p.A, Honeywell Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, NATS Holding, Saab AB, Searidge Technologies, Saipher ATC, Nav Canada, and Cyrrus Limited are the key players in the global air traffic control market.
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Global Air Traffic Control (ATC) Market