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Airport Lighting Market

Airport Lighting Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Type, by Position, by Technology : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2024-2030

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Author's: Naresh Mawlankar | Eswara Prasad
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Airport Lighting Market Research, 2030

The global airport lighting market size was valued at $0.6 billion in 2023, and is projected to reach $1.0 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2024 to 2030.

Airport Lighting Market

Market Introduction and Definition 

Airport lighting refers to a system of specialized illumination installed at airports to facilitate safe aircraft operations during various phases of flight, including takeoff, landing, taxiing, and parking. These lighting systems are designed to enhance visibility for pilots and ground personnel, particularly in low-light conditions or adverse weather, ensuring precise navigation and safety throughout the airport environment. These lighting systems play a critical role in enhancing visibility and guiding both pilots and ground personnel in diverse weather conditions, day, or night. The properties of airport lighting systems encompass a range of fixtures designed for specific purposes, such as runway lights, taxiway lights, approach lighting systems, and apron lights. This lighting plays a crucial role in air traffic management, operational efficiency, and overall safety.  

Key Takeaways 

  • The airport lighting market share covers 20 countries. The research includes a segment analysis of each country in terms of value for the projected period. 

  • More than 1, 500 product literatures, industry releases, annual reports, and other such documents of major airport lighting industry participants along with authentic industry journals, trade associations' releases, and government websites have been reviewed for generating high-value industry insights. 

  • The study integrated high-quality data, professional opinions and analysis, and critical independent perspectives. The research approach is intended to provide a balanced view of global markets and to assist stakeholders in making educated decisions in order to achieve their most ambitious growth objectives. 

Segment Overview 

The airport lighting market is segmented into types, position, technology, and region. By type, the market is divided into runway, taxiway, and apron lighting systems. As per position, the market is categorized into in-pavement lighting, elevated lighting and PAPI. Based on technology, the market is bifurcated into non-LED and LED. Region-wise the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. 

Key Market Dynamics 

High-intensity approach lighting systems (ALS) and runway end identifier lights (REILs) are expected to drive airport lighting market growth during the forecast period. The precise configuration of ALS helps pilots to establish and maintain the correct approach path, leading to increased confidence and reduced workload during critical phases of flight, especially during instrument approaches or low-visibility landings. However, the complex installation process of airport lighting is expected to restrain the growth of airport lighting market during the forecast period. The integration of smart lighting controls and automation technologies is expected to provide lucrative opportunities in the market. 

Increase in demand for air travel is expected to grow the demand for airport lighting market during the forecast period. As global travel continues to surge, airports are experiencing heightened activity levels, necessitating the enhancement and modernization of their lighting systems. According to the report published by International Air Transport Association (IATA) in April 2024, the global airline passenger demand measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) , was up 21.5% compared to February 2023. Total capacity, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) , was up 18.7% year-on-year. In 2023, Asia-Pacific led global passenger traffic with 31.7% of RPK, followed by Europe with 27.1% and North America with 24.2%. The Middle East accounted for 9.4%, Latin America for 5.5%, and Africa for 2.1%, reflecting a diverse distribution of airline market shares by region. 

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The increasing number of flights and passengers underscores the critical importance of maintaining optimal visibility and operational efficiency within airport environments. Airport lighting plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe takeoffs, landings, and taxiing of aircraft, especially during adverse weather conditions or low visibility scenarios. By providing adequate illumination along runways, taxiways, and apron areas, airport lighting enables pilots to navigate confidently, mitigating the risk of accidents and ensuring passenger safety.  

The airport lighting market experiences substantial growth driven by a paramount emphasis on safety standards within the aviation industry. This focus on safety is a key factor propelling the adoption of advanced and reliable lighting solutions across airport infrastructures worldwide. Airports operate as critical hubs facilitating air travel, and the safety of air operations is a top priority. Stringent safety standards and regulations are established by aviation authorities globally to ensure the well-being of passengers, aircraft, and airport personnel. Adequate and effective lighting plays a crucial role in meeting these safety requirements, as it significantly contributes to the visibility and navigation of aircraft, ground vehicles, and personnel within the airport premises.  

However, emergency lighting protocols for airfield operations pose significant restraints to the growth of the airport lighting market. The efficacy of emergency lighting protocols extends far beyond the runway's boundaries, permeating every facet of airfield operations. Taxiway lighting, typically relegated to guiding aircraft during routine maneuvers, assumes a dual role during emergencies, delineating evacuation routes and facilitating the orderly movement of emergency vehicles. Their strategic placement and distinct configuration serve as a testament to the meticulous planning underlying these protocols, ensuring that chaos never gains the upper hand. 

The modernization of airport infrastructure presents a plethora of opportunities for the airport lighting market. As airports around the world undergo upgrades and expansions to meet growing passenger demands and enhance operational efficiency, there is a heightened focus on incorporating advanced lighting solutions. One significant trend driving this modernization is the integration of smart technologies and innovative lighting systems. 

Patent Analysis of Global Airport Lighting Market 

The invention pertains to an adjustable alignment container set designed for airport inset lights, facilitating precise adjustment of height and azimuth alignment for optimal illumination of airport runway, taxiway, and other aircraft ground traffic areas. The set includes a light fixture, support structure, and variable length extension means enabling rotational adjustment.  

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings, comprising 18.3% of the total, signify a global interest in airport lighting solutions. This international collaboration reflects a collective effort to develop standardized lighting systems that can be implemented across diverse airfield environments worldwide. 

Canada, the European Patent Office (EPO) , Australia, India, and the United Kingdom also contribute substantially to airport lighting innovation, collectively representing 19.9% of patents filed. This diverse geographical distribution highlights the universal importance of airport lighting in ensuring safe and efficient air travel across different regions. 

Moreover, the contributions from countries such as Singapore, Israel, and New Zealand, though relatively small in comparison, further enrich the global landscape of airport lighting technology. These patents underscore the collaborative efforts of nations, irrespective of size, to drive innovation and enhance aviation infrastructure worldwide. 

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Competitive Analysis 

Key market players in the airport lighting market overview include Honeywell International Inc., ADB SAFEGATE, ABB, vosla GmbH, Avlite, Carmanah, Eaton, atg airports limited, Avionics Group, and HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA. 

Industry Trends 

  • In September 2023, President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated over $201 million towards enhancing airfield lighting systems across 82 airports. This funding will be used to acquire and install advanced lighting infrastructure for runways and taxiways, ensuring safe operations during periods of reduced visibility and nighttime conditions. 

  • As per the Federal Aviation Administration, $3.4 million is installed at Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford to install lighted visual aids which is used to indicate a temporarily closed runway.  

  • In December 2022, ADB SAFEGATE delivered a complete airfield ground lighting (AGL) solution, including approach, runway, and taxiway integrated with its new LINC 360 Individual Light Control and Monitoring System (ILCMS) . LINC 360 offer true two-way data transmittal between airfield assets enabling 360-degree, real-time monitoring of the airfield creating actionable insights for air traffic controllers and maintenance. 

  • In July 2021, Mariehamn Airport took a significant step towards sustainability by upgrading its runway lighting system. Over 130 traditional lights were swapped out for environmentally friendly LED lights. This transition not only enhances visibility and safety for pilots but also marks a substantial reduction in energy consumption. The new LED lighting consumes approximately 30% less energy compared to the previous lighting system, aligning with the airport's commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. 

  • In March 2021, TKH Airport Solutions introduced the 797-series, a new line of elevated airfield ground lights. Highlighted features include low energy usage, IP69 rating for durability, and individual control of the circling guidance light and heated front glass. 

Regional Market Outlook

Region-wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. In the North America region, the market is influenced by the presence of many airports catering to both domestic and international air travel. The region's stringent safety regulations and emphasis on technological innovation contribute to the adoption of advanced lighting solutions. 

In March 2023, under President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allocated $20 million to enhance and construct air traffic control towers across 29 airport-owned facilities throughout the country. This funding aims to modernize and expand control tower infrastructure in rural areas and regional airports.

Historic Trends of Airport Lighting Market 

  • In 1941, the U.S. built the first airport lighting system at Washington National Airport (now Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) . This system included runway edge lights, threshold lights, and taxiway lights. 

  • In 1944, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) , the precursor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) , played a pivotal role in the development of standardized lighting systems for airports across the U.S. This initiative aimed to enhance safety and efficiency in aviation by establishing uniform guidelines for airport lighting. 

  • In the 1960s, the adoption of high-intensity runway lights and approach lighting systems (ALS) marked a significant advancement in airport lighting technology, particularly in improving visibility during adverse weather conditions. High-intensity runway lights were designed to provide increased visibility for pilots during takeoff, landing, and taxiing operations. 

  • In the 1990s, advancements in lighting technology revolutionized airport illumination with the introduction of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) . This innovation marked a significant milestone in the evolution of airport lighting, offering numerous benefits over traditional incandescent and halogen lights. 

  • In the 2000s, LED (Light-Emitting Diode) technology saw significant advancements, leading to its widespread adoption in various applications, including airport lighting. LED lighting became increasingly efficient, providing more lumens per watt compared to traditional lighting sources such as incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. This increased efficiency led to reduced energy consumption, which was particularly beneficial for large-scale applications like airport lighting, where energy costs could be substantial. 

Key Sources Referred for Airport Lighting Market Report


  • Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN)  

  • Firecrown 

  • Genesis Lamp 

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the airport lighting market analysis to identify the prevailing market opportunities.
  • The airport lighting market trends market offered research along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the airport lighting market news assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global airport lighting market forecast, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Airport Lighting Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Market Size By 2030

USD 1.0 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.5%

Forecast period

2024 - 2030

Report Pages


By Type
  • Runway
  • Taxiway
  • Apron Lighting Systems
By Position
  • In-Pavement Lighting
  • Elevated Lighting
  • PAPI
By Technology
  • LED
  • Non LED
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players

HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA., Avionics Group, Carmanah, Honeywell International Inc, vosla GmbH, ABB, Eaton, Avlite, ADB SAFEGATE, atg airports limited

Author Name(s) : Naresh Mawlankar | Eswara Prasad

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Airport Lighting Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2024-2030