However, the market for airside services across airports in the Middle East is predominantly monopolistic with challenges relating to imbalances in future demand and supply. Large-scale market consolidation and sub-contracting will shape the industry and drive overall revenues.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (aerospace.frost.com), Middle East Airport Airside Services Market Assessment, finds that the market earned revenues of $1.92 billion in 2008 and estimates this to reach $2.83 billion in 2015. Revenues from commercial aircraft are expected to constitute a major share as a result of a growing fleet size and greater average cost of handling and maintenance.
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"The Middle East market for airside services comprising ground handling and maintenance is expected to experience robust growth because of the order backlogs in the Middle East coupled with the minimal impact of the economic slowdown on the regions passenger and air traffic," says Y. S. Shashidhar, Vice President & Country Director, South Asia-Middle East & North Africa, Frost & Sullivan. "The region is projected to have 1206 aircraft and 708 business jets that will result in the traffic growing by about 10 per cent within the Middle East."
The cumulative effect of these factors reflects in the market growth. The aircraft movement across the region's airports is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8 per cent between 2008 and 2015.
The market for ground handling and maintenance is correlated to the aircraft movement, spurred by the rise in passenger traffic. The increase in aircraft movement directly translates to revenues for ground handling and maintenance companies. The focus for many companies wanting to enter the market will be on enhancing their capabilities to cater to business jets that have a greater average cost of ground handling and maintenance.
However, a major challenge lies in maintaining the service quality while adhering to environmental policies.
"It is vital for existing service providers to understand that a large number of deliveries are anticipated to increase aircraft movement in the region," explains Shashidhar. "Therefore, if sub-contracting is not adopted or private participation not encouraged, then the future is likely to witness an imbalance between the demand and supply of services at airports."
Large-scale liberalization and private participation in ground handling and maintenance at airports will ensure that the airside service market functions smoothly and grows amidst competition.
"Civil aviation authorities and airport operators should boost private participation to enable airlines to choose from a larger number of service providers in addition to permitting specialised service offerings by individual service providers," concludes Shashidhar.
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