Airfield Ground Lighting Market

Airfield Ground Lighting Market Analysis, By Light Type & Application (Approach & Side Row Lights, Runway & Taxiway Lights, FATO, TLOF Lights), By Light Source (LED, Halogen), By Use Case (Commercial, Cargo, Military Airports), By Category, By Region - Global Insights to 2032

Analysis of Airfield Ground Lighting market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Airfield Ground Lighting Market Outlook (2022-2032)

The global airfield ground lighting market is set to enjoy a valuation of US$ 1.15 billion in 2022 and further expand at a CAGR of 11.2% to reach US$ 3.29 billion by the end of 2032.

Sales of airfield ground lighting accounted for around 1% share of the global lighting market at the end of 2021.

Report Attributes


Airfield Ground Lighting Market Size (2021A)

US$ 1.04 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2022E)

US$ 1.15 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 3.29 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

11.2% CAGR

North America Market Share (2022)


North America Market Value (2022)

US$ 392 Million

Europe Market Share (2022)


Europe Market Value (2022)

US$ 285 Million

China Market Share (2022)


China Market Value (2022)

US$ 65 Million

Top 3 Countries’ Market Share


Key Companies Profiled

  • TKH Airport Solutions
  • ATG airports limited
  • Flash Technology, LLC
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Midstream Ltd
  • OCEM Airfield Technology
  • Amglo-Kemlite Laboratories, Inc.
  • Vosla GmbH
  • Youyang Airport Lighting Equipment Inc.
  • AMA Private Limited
  • Airsafe Airport Equipment Co.,Ltd

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Sales Analysis of Airfield Ground Lighting (2017-2021) Vs. Market Estimations (2022-2032)

Airfield ground lighting systems are used at airports to enhance the lighting and visibility of the runway. These vital lighting systems assist pilots during take-off and landing during the night or in conditions when there is less visibility. These systems are a major part of airport infrastructure.

There are many investments in airport infrastructures as airways are one of the prominent ways of transportation. Rise in the number of air cargo, air travel, investments in airports, upgradation of runaways, and others will boost the growth of the market over the forecast period.

  • IATA: International Air Transport Association operates leadingly on different projects that are associated with the development of airports and airspace. Its main aim is to increase the efficiency, functionality, and safety of airports, their infrastructure, airspace, and others. IATA is expected to spend US$ 1.2 to 1.5 trillion on the development of global airport infrastructure by the end of 2030.

Airfield ground lights are of significant importance and hence manufacturers are investing in improving these lighting systems with the latest technology. Considering all the aforementioned factors, the market for airfield ground lighting is estimated to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period.

Augmenting utilization and integration of airfield ground lighting systems in military end-use vertical to positively impact market growth. The U.S and China are anticipated to witness product demand on the back of ongoing airport projects in these countries.

  • According to Federal Aviation Authority and International Civil Aviation Organization recommendations, airfield ground lighting automation systems are an apt solution for monitoring and individual switching of airfield lights.

In the past four years, the global market for airfield ground lighting registered a CAGR of 6.2%, according to Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider. The market is set to surge ahead at 11.2% CAGR between 2022 and 2032.

Airfield ground lighting market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of airfield ground lighting based on region and application. Under the application segment, commercial passenger and cargo airports lead with 85.8% market share.

How is the Market for Airfield Ground Lighting Evolving?

“Globalization Driving for Airfield Ground Lighting”

Globalization has now become an important aspect for individual or even business purposes as it helps connect with the world. Along with globalization, many businesses are expanding their reach and footprints in other parts of the world.

Globalization also includes the modernization of airport infrastructure. Air transportation has become a major source of commute as it connects different countries, states, and cities. The surge in passengers, import-export businesses, and others is pushing for an increase in operational and service efficiency.

To manage airline traffic, there has been a high rise in the construction of new airports and the expansion of existing airports. Governments along with other private firms are investing heavy capital in the construction of new airports. All airports require the adoption of efficient lighting systems on their runaways. Rapidly increasing globalization and modernization will create lucrative opportunities for market players to grow.

“Technological Advancements Airfield Ground Lighting Systems”

Traditionally, airfield ground lighting was controlled manually by operators with the help of switches and mechanical push-pull buttons. Currently, different technologies have come into the fray, which have improved the scenario of airfield lighting. The integration of multiple systems has improved operational efficiency.

These lighting systems are a major aid to pilots during harsh weather conditions and rains. Old conventional lights are now being replaced with LEDs. LED technology is proving to be a boon as it offers various benefits such as less power consumption, higher performance, and low maintenance cost.

  • Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is the first Australian airport that has a full LED system for airfield ground lighting.

Manufacturers are improving their technologies related to lighting systems by channelizing their resources towards R&D technologies, such as by adding IoT features in airfield lights that can be grounded on runways. Artificial intelligence-based airfield ground lights have advanced robot vision of weather forecasting and navigation aids. All in all, technological advancements in airfield lighting systems will drive the market at a faster rate over the forecast period.

“Higher Installation Costs Restricting Market Expansion”

Airfield ground lighting systems are seeing constant advancements. Different technologies are constantly being introduced into these lighting systems. However, the replacements of the lights are complicated.

Initially, tungsten and halogens were used for lighting purposes. However, there have been high risks involved in halogens, wherein, airports had to face cost overruns due to technical defects, incompetency in meeting the standards for pilots’ visibility, and high consumption of electricity. Replacement costs are around US$ 10,000 to US$ 25,000, depending upon the control system and mounting.

The installation of airfield lighting is one of the toughest jobs and has to be done with great accuracy. Installation costs involve designing, planning, and actual installation. Managing the costs and drafting sound strategic investment decisions are vital for airfield lighting manufacturing companies as well as end user.

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Country-wise Insights

Why Does China Account for High Demand for Airfield Ground Lighting?

China stands second in its aviation and civil aerospace services. It is one of the fastest-growing industries in China. In 2020, 417.2 million passengers boarded planes in the country. Currently, China has around 235 airports and the government in China is determined to build an additional 250 airports by the end of 2035.

China is a leading producer of agriculture, textiles, electronics, and others. Hence, it has a vital part in import and export services, which utilize the airways as a means of transportation.

China is also focusing on strengthening its military services. It plans for better airfield ground lighting systems to serve cargo and military operations. All these factors will boost the market, with China holding 5.7% share of the global market in 2022

How Can Industry Players Prosper in the U.S. Airfield Ground Lighting Market?

The U.S. has 5,000 public airports and 14,400 private airports. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) has identified 3,300 public-use airports in the U.S. Airports are quite important in the country as they support economic growth.

  • President Joe Biden's infrastructure investment initiative was announced on March 31, 2021, under which, airports in the U.S. will receive US$ 25 billion funding for infrastructure development.

Many airports in the U.S., such as The new LaGuardia, New York-JFK, and Newark’s Liberty International Airport are being upgraded. Expansion of many airports is being done with new terminals.

  • An investment of US$ 2.7 billion has been done for the redevelopment of terminal A of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

These factors showcase the extent of airport deployment in the country, which will lead to many opportunities for market players.

Category-wise Insights

Why are LED-based Airfield Ground Lightings Most Widely Used?

Proper lighting of the airport runway is essential for the safe landing of aircraft. Hence, appropriate lighting must be chosen for this purpose. Halogen lights have now become conventional lighting systems for airfields.

LEDs are the latest and most efficient technology that is used for airfield lighting. LEDs have made impressive progress in terms of efficacy, color properties, light output, and lifespan. LEDs light up instantly, while the old traditional halogens lamps used to take time to warm up. LED features of long life and light output make it an attractive option to be used at airports.

The usage of LED lights provides many advantages, including them being cost-effective, and hence, they are most commonly used for airfield lighting purposes.

According to the Fact.MR study, there is high demand for LED lights for airfield ground lighting, and the segment has captured 69.3% market share in 2022, under the light source category.

How is the Military End Use of Airfield Ground Lightings Shaping Up?

Many countries such as the U.S, China, India, and others are now focusing on strengthening their military services. Airports play a vital role in the military as they are used for emergency operations.

There is an unnoticeable connection between military and civil aviation. Many advancements are being done considering airport services in the military.

  • For instance, OCEM Company entered into a contract with the military of Middle East countries for the installation of AGL for parallel taxiways and runways, and also set an agreement with Uzbekistan for the development of the Tashkent East Airport for airfield ground lighting to serve military and cargo operations.

As such, lucrative opportunities are being offered by the military sector, wherein, the use case of lighting is on the rise. The installation of AGL for hydraulic equipment has also witnessed significant growth.

Installation of airfield ground lighting in military sector is expected to reach US$ 111.6 million in 2022.

Competitive Landscape

Eminent players of airfield ground lighting are ADB SAFEGATE, TKH Airport Solutions, ATG airports limited, Flash Technology, LLC, Honeywell International Inc., Midstream Ltd, OCEM Airfield Technology, Amglo-Kemlite Laboratories, Inc., Vosla GmbH, Youyang Airport Lighting Equipment Inc., AMA Private Limited, Airsafe Airport Equipment Co. Ltd, and TRANSCON ES.

Key manufacturers of airfield ground lighting products are employing the latest technologies and optimization systems for better utilization across diverse end-use applications. Key manufacturers are focusing on developing new product designs that ensure an increase in the efficiency and safety of flights while taking off and landing.

  • Avlite, in May 2021, launched the new solar aviation light AV-426. It has monocrystalline solar panels that enhance solar input, and hence, provide more efficiency. It is a dependable and rugged light used for aviation lighting purposes.
  • In 2020, Lynden Pindling International Airport partnered with ADB Safe Gate for the installation of a unidirectional lighting system.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of airfield ground lighting positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Airfield Ground Lighting Industry Research

  • By Light Type and Application :

    • Approach and Side Row Lights
      • Elevated Approach Lights
      • Inset Approach Lights
    • Runway and Taxiway Lights
      • Elevated Runway and Taxiway Lights
        • Runway End Lights
        • Runway Edge Lights
        • Stop Bar Lights
        • Runway Guard Lights
        • Threshold Lights
        • Taxiway Edge Lights
        • Obstruction Lights
        • Sequential Flash Lights
        • Inset Runway and Taxiway Lights
      • Runway Edge Lights
        • Runway Threshold Lights
        • Runway End Lights
        • Runway Exit Lights
        • Stopway Lights
        • Runway Centreline Lights
        • Touchdown Zone (TDZ) Lights
        • Rapid Exit Taxiway Indicator Lights (RETILs)
        • Caution Zone Lights
        • Landing Threshold Wing Bars
    • Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI)
    • FATO Lights (Final Approach & Take Off Lights for Heliports)
    • TLOF Lights (Touchdown and Lift Off Lights for Heliports)
  • By Light Source :

    • LED Lights
    • Halogen Lights
  • By Use Case :

    • Commercial Passenger and Cargo Airports
    • Military Airports
    • Heliports
  • By Category :

    • CAT - I (LIRL)
    • CAT - II (MIRL)
    • CAT - III (HIRL)
  • By Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • MEA

- FAQs -

The global airfield ground lighting market is valued at US$ 1.15 billion in 2022.

Worldwide demand for airfield ground lightings is anticipated to reach US$ 3,289 million by 2032.

From 2017 and 2021, sales of airfield ground lighting increased at 6.2% CAGR.

North America leads the global airfield ground lighting market with 34.2% share.

LED airfield ground lighting accounted for 68% market share in 2021.

Airfield Ground Lighting Market

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