The airports are the most common type of transportation medium for international travelers and tourists. An airport can have multiple terminals, and aircrafts are assigned specific terminal for landing. The terminal and main airport building can be far, and passengers cannot walk to the aircrafts from building and other way around with luggage.
To make the transfer of passenger and luggage from building and aircraft, there are several vehicles, scheduled according to the flights or can be booked by passengers according to their convenience.
This airport ground transportation is sometimes organized by airline, as a service included along with flight. Sometimes, third party transportation is used by travel agencies and sometimes, passengers can get their own vehicle, using applications and websites of transportation providing agencies. These vehicles are usually buses, taxis and sometimes trains, if available.
The airport ground transportation market very niche, and there are not many popular service providers. There are only few airlines, providing these services to passengers, and there are not many dedicated organizations in this sector. As the market is not dominated by any recognized organization, there is lots of potential for taxi hailing and cab providing agencies, along with airlines to invest and start providing airport transportation to passengers.
Key Takeaways from the Airport Ground Transportation Market Study:
· The North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions hold a market share of ~24%, ~22% and ~35% respectively.
· Online booking channels are leading for the booking of Airport Ground Transportation tickets.
· The Airport Ground Transportation sector have contributed ~15%-20% in Airport Services market.
“With The Limited Number of Service Providers, There Is a Huge Potential for Newcomers in Airport Transportation Services Market.” – FMI Analyst said.
Impact of COVID-19
The public transportation industry was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid spread of virus and to eliminate the virus, public transportation systems were completely shut down as a result of the shutdown and additional limitations on public gatherings.
The airport transportation mainly had shuttles and buses, which carried multiple passenger at one time to and from aircrafts. Due to gathering restrictions, these buses were not allowed to carry any passengers. As a result, most of the passengers had to use cabs and taxis to get to airport. Along with cabs, minibuses were also working, with limitation of passenger and proper sanitation and social distancing.
Even nowadays, there are specific rules and regulations, followed by these transportations, as there are chances infection of the virus by contact.
Who is winning?
The airport transportation sector does not have any big names, it mainly has airlines, local cabs and taxi providing agencies, along with few hotels and traveling agencies. All these companies provide buses and taxis to passengers, taking them to and from airport and within airport, from terminal to terminal. There are also special services provided to VIP passengers who paid for premium services.
§ The key players in this sector are Dnata, Fraport AG, Swiss Port International AG, Transdev, and taxi operating companies like Ola, Uber, Meru, Super Shuttle, Hertz, Alamo, Avis, etc.