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Airfield Ground Lighting Market

Airfield Ground Lighting Market

Airfield Ground Lighting Market Analysis By Light Type (Approach and Side Row, Airfield Runway and Taxiway, Runway Edge Lights), By Light Source (LED, Halogen), By Use Case By Category, By Region - Global Insights 2021 to 2031

Airfield Ground Lighting Market

About the Report

The global airfield ground lighting market is set to expand at an impressive CAGR of more than 11% over the 2021 to 2031 forecast period. Demand for LED airfield ground lighting to be the highest across regions, at over 80% of overall market share.

Airfield ground lighting refers to the entire collection of ground-mounted luminaires and associated components that are intended to be used as visual aids for aircraft pilots. Ever since their deployment, airfield ground lights have been vital for runways, while manufacturers have nurtured supply collaborations with airports to ensure long-term business development

This comprehensive study by Fact.MR on the global airfield ground lighting market is based on light type and application, light source, use case, and category, wherein, all possible elements have been taken into detailed consideration.

The foremost objective of the report is to pitch insights on the market scenario, demand generators, and technological advancements in this space. Market trends have been tracked in 20+ high-growth countries, pointing towards countries in North America, Europe, and South Asia holding substantial market share.

Historical Trends & Future Market Projections

Over the past half-decade, 2016-2020, airfield ground lighting sales propagated at a promising CAGR of 6.2%. Investments in airport infrastructure development, increasing air travel and air cargo, along with upgradation of existing runways have been prime bellwethers for growth.

According to the International Air Transport Association, global airport infrastructure spending is expected to reach US$ 1.2 - 1.5 trillion by 2030. Moreover, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), global military airport expenditure topped US$ 1.9 trillion in 2019, a rise of 3.6 per cent from 2018.

As such, the global airfield ground lighting market is projected to surge at a significant CAGR of more than 11% over the forecast period. This resonates as an encouraging sign for investors in the market, particularly for LED airfield ground lighting.

Why is Demand for Airfield Ground Lighting Increasing?

With significant rise in air traffic and passenger growth all over the world, new airport construction projects are on the rise. In key developing countries such as India and China, it has been announced that numerous airports are going to be constructed over the coming years.

The Chinese government has announced to spend approx. US$ 11.7 Bn to construct more than 200 new airports in the next 10-15 years, whereas, India is planning to build approx. 100 new airports and heliports over the next 4-5 years, and is planning to invest US$ 1.83 billion in airport infrastructure. Such investments in the constructing of new airports will drive demand for airfield ground lighting. Upgradation of taxiways and runways at many airports across the world will also lead to heightened demand for airfield ground lifting.

How are Technological Advancements Aiding Market Growth?

In the early days, airfield ground lighting was controlled manually by mechanical pushbuttons and switches, allowing the operator to change the lights remotely. Nowadays, integration between multiple systems allows the easy landing of an airplane in less than optimal lighting. Airport controllers can now monitor the electrical characteristics of their airfield lights and can also monitor individual airfield light fixtures.

In addition, key market players has advanced their technologies 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. Thereby, technological advancements in airfield ground lighting systems will drive market growth at a rapid rate over the coming years.

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What are the Key Challenges Faced by Airfield Ground Lighting Suppliers?

Complexity in installation process is high and so is the installation cost. Setup cost involves designing, planning, and actual installation. Earlier version of airfield ground lights used tungsten filament lamps with much brighter capacity, so most airports acquired halogen-based airfield ground lighting.

There are risks involved in halogens, wherein, airports have to face cost overruns due to high consumption of electricity, technical defects, and incompetency in meeting the required standards for pilot visibility. All in all, replacement of existing halogen lights with LED lights, installations cost, and frequent maintenance serve as potential challenges for airfield ground lighting providers.

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Country-wise Analysis

Why is the U.S. a Huge Market for Airfield Ground Lighting?

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) has identified 3,304 public-use airports in the U.S., which includes approximately 520 commercial service airports. This showcases the extent of airfield ground lighting deployment in the country

Under President Joe Biden's infrastructure investment initiative, which was announced on March 31, 2021, U.S. airports will receive US$ 25 billion in funding for infrastructure development. This proposed financial assistance comes at a crucial time for airports, which have seen major revenue drops as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the historical period, 2016-2020, the market in the U.S. expanded at an impressive pace of 6.6% CAGR. Consequently, replacement of halogens with advanced LED lighting across existing airports and runways is poised to provide immense opportunity for market player in the country over the coming years.

What Makes China the Growth Epicenter for Airfield Ground Lighting?

China, commonly known as the manufacturing hub of the world, is poised to canon the market over the decade. Due to extensive manufacturing cluster establishments within the country, the market is staring with optimism for the implementation of airfield ground lighting across China.

China plans to build an additional 215 airports by 2035 in an effort to turn its aviation industry into a strategic part of its trillion dollar economy. Furthermore, extensively increasing government spending on the upgradation of commercial and military runways in the country is poised to bolster demand for airfield ground lighting in future.

Will Demand for Airfield Ground Lighting Keep Increasing in the United Kingdom?

Currently, the U.K. has the third-largest aviation network in the world, and is also home to the second-largest aerospace manufacturing sector. The country’s aviation sector has a turnover of over US$ 72 billion, contributing over US$ 26 billion to U.K.’s GDP, and almost one million U.K. jobs are directly or indirectly supported by it.

The country is the one of the prominent markets for runway lighting systems, accounting for close to 15% market share of Europe, and is poised to progress at a CAGR of around 11.5% during the forecast period.

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Category-wise Insights

Why are LED Airfield Ground Lights Most Preferred?

There is increasing demand for LED airfield ground lighting to cushion the need for robust runways with lower maintenance and light replacement rate, thereby reducing costs. LED bulbs turn on instantly unlike conventional halogen bulbs that take time to warm up. LEDs also have a lower failure rate, so the chances of a failed ground light endangering traffic on the runway are slim to zero.

The LED airfield ground lighting segment is poised for rapid gains at over 13% CAGR throughout the forecast period, as more and more airports are adopting LED lights integrated with IoT and solar power.

What is the Potential for Airfield Ground Lighting at Military Airports?

Governments in countries such as USA, India, and China are focusing on increasing military expenditure to strengthen their defenses. For example, in 2019, the U.S. government invested 3.4% of its GDP in the military sector.

Companies are establishing contractual relationships with the air forces of different countries to provide the installation of airfield ground lighting. For instance, OCEM Company made an agreement with Uzbekistan for the development of Tashkent East Airport for airfield ground lighting to serve cargo and military operations. Moreover, top runway lighting system manufacturers have signed contracts with military forces in Middle Eastern countries for the installation of parallel runway and taxiway lighting systems.

As such, rapidly increasing military expenditure will create significant requirement for military airport bases and runways, which will also create huge demand for airfield ground lighting products.

Competitive Landscape

Aforementioned players rely on a blend of organic and inorganic strategies to increase penetration across lucrative markets. These strategies include product launches; collaborations and partnerships with prominent airports, heliports, and military airports; acquisitions; and strengthening of regional and global distribution networks.

  • In 2021, TKH Airport Solutions launched a new series-797 of elevated lights that are individually controllable circling lights. This newly launched product has benefits such as easy adjustment of the light with a single point of tilt management, optional heated front glass, circling supply of light individual controls, and light weight. The use of such lights can result in less power consumption as compared to the latest LED lighting.
  • In 2020, Avlite Systems launched series 3 product of precision approach path indicator system. This streamlined light utilizes LED optics. The series 3 PAPI system has very low power consumption with increasing life of the light source.
  • In 2020, ADB Safe Gate partnered with Lynden Pindling International Airport for the installation of an omnidirectional lighting system. This project will increase awareness regarding safer night operations while driving revenue generation for ADB Safegate through this long-term partnership.

Similarly, recent developments related to companies manufacturing airfield ground lighting have been tracked by the team at Fact.MR, which are available in the full report.

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Report Scope



Forecast Period


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Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value, ‘000 Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • U.K.
  • Russia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • China
  • Japan
  • Brazil

Key Segments Covered

  • Type
  • Light Source
  • Use Case
  • Category
  • Region

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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Key Questions Answered in Report

  • How will the market expand until 2031?

    Fact.MR projects the market to register a CAGR of more than 11% by value across the 2021-2031 assessment period. Higher penetration of LED lights will bolster demand over the coming years.

  • Which country is the most prominent growth contributor?

    As per Fact.MR’s projections, China is expected to hold a pivotal role in driving demand for airfield ground lighting solutions. Surge in demand for new airport projects are set to be observed as the country intends to construct more than 200 new airports by 2035.

  • Which players are prominent in this landscape?

    Prominent players manufacturing commercial airfield ground lighting applications include ADB SAFEGATE, TKH Airport Solutions, ATG airports limited, Flash Technology, 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 Market Segments Covered

  • Light Type and Application

    • Approach and Side Row Airfield Ground Lighting
      • Elevated Approach Lights
      • Inset Approach Lights
    • Airfield Runway and Taxiway Lighting
      • 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 Light
        • Landing Threshold Wing Bars
    • Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs)
    • FATO Lights (Final Approach & Take Off Lights for Heliports)
    • TLOF Lights (Touchdown and Lift Off Lights for Heliports)
  • Light Source

    • LED Airfield Ground Lighting
    • Halogen Airfield Ground Lighting
  • Use Case

    • Airfield Ground Lighting for Commercial Passenger and Cargo Airports
    • Airfield Ground Lighting for Military Airports
    • Airfield Ground Lighting for Heliports
  • Category

    • CAT - I (LIRL) Airfield Ground Lighting
    • CAT - II (MIRL) Airfield Ground Lighting
    • CAT - III (HIRL) Airfield Ground Lighting
  • Region

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia
    • Oceania
    • Middle East & Africa

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Airfield Ground Lighting Market to register a CAGR of more than 11% by value across the 2021-2031
China is expected to hold a pivotal role in driving demand for airfield ground lighting solutions.
DB SAFEGATE, TKH Airport Solutions, ATG airports limited, Flash Technology, Honeywell International Inc., Midstream Ltd, etc.

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