ATM (Air traffic management) consists of various systems, which assists the aircraft from departure to landing and during transit. The system includes surveillance, automation, simulation systems, communication, and navigation. It helps aircraft to land at specific destinations, supports to maintain optimum altitude or flight level during the travel, and it prevents collisions or accidents. It also helps in improving passenger safety, offering real-time accuracy, making collaborative decisions, and consolidating different systems. Thus, ATM finds its application across aerospace aviation industries. The main objective of Air traffic management is to reduce the congestion problem and to keep the sufficient difference between aircraft on the ground to avoid collision by suggesting the right direction during a flight. The Air traffic management system includes air traffic flow management (ATFM), air traffic controller, and airspace management. ATM has contact with the ground system. There is a high demand for ATMs due to the increase in air passenger traffic, and since more aircraft use the same available space. There is a constant development of advanced technologies in the aviation industry and increasing investment in airport infrastructure, which makes us anticipate the demand for ATMs in the forthcoming years. A safe, efficient, environmentally sustainable, and secure air navigation system is required to maintain sustainability in airports.
Major factors driving the growth of the market
Since there is an increase in air traffic around the globe, there is a need for advanced ATM solutions. In developing countries like India and China, there is an exponential growth in air passenger traffic in the last decade. This in turn increased the demand for new airports. Due to the increased air traffic, the airport expansion need also increased this will also surge the demand for modern air traffic management solutions. According to the center for Asia Pacific Aviation, USD 137,254 million was invested in the global airport expansion. Out of that, USD 74,856.0 million was spent on upgrading existing airports and USD 62,398.0 million is invested in new airports. Thus, the rising passenger traffic is expected to increase the demand for such systems and services.
Trends influencing the growth of the market
Presently, the market for unmanned aerial vehicles and urban air mobility has risen. This increasing number of air taxis and UAVs has risen the concern regarding the security, and safety of air traffic congestion. Aviation organization such as CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization) and the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) has anticipated that there will be more demand for air traffic management solution in the forthcoming years. In high-growth regions, several airlines have increased their focus on adopting artificial intelligence technology with next-generation ATM systems. This advanced system allows real-time communication between the air traffic controller authority and the aircraft. It is expected that this trend will help in the rise of the market in the upcoming years. Under the program OneSKY, the Thales group announced that it has integrated, and modernized the Australian airspace. The main aim of this program is to deploy the company’s four key digital technologies, artificial intelligence connectivity, cybersecurity and big data, to manage the world’s airspace by 11%.
In the air traffic management system, a new concept of the remote virtual tower has been introduced. From anywhere around the world, a remote virtual tower allows the controllers to perform all functions of the control tower. These towers ensure reduced delays, increased safety margins, and streamlined access compared to non-towered airports. The virtual towers cost less, occupy a smaller footprint, and are technically effective. These towers are more secure and resilient compared to conventional tower control. There is a risk of cyber threat due to an automatic dependence on surveillance in air traffic management. Some of the restraints of the market are strong regulatory norms associated with aircraft operation. This is one of the major restraints, which affects the growth of the ATM market. Strong regulation and rules must be followed by the ATM component manufacturers to meet all the safety norms and the highest air traffic management system is produced.
Qatar Civil Aviation Authority wanted Frequentis AG to upgrade its voice communication system and modernize its air traffic control tower operation, to meet air traffic demand. Indra sistemas S.A will control towers of Santiago, Sao Vicente, Africa, Sal, and Boa Vista and upgrade the SAL island Oceanic air traffic control. Raytheon technologies completed the installation of the first global crew strategic network terminal system for the U.S air force. The terminal system modernizes protected communication systems while adding new capabilities for non-nuclear and nuclear control and command.