Airports are the gateway to an open world. New airport terminals are designed in an accordingly open and transparent fashion. Room and light are in complete harmony. During the day, large windows provide copious amounts of daylight in the building. At night, artificial lighting is more than just brightness for the rushing passenger. It also clarifies the structure of the open-design architecture. This architecture inspires emotions in people – by day and night it provides the right setting for high quality and cosmopolitanism.

Airports are transfer stations for millions of people. An ordered and clear routing of passenger traffic between terminals and counters is indispensable for smooth check-in and transfer processes.

Airports are also areas with elevated security requirements. This applies to everything from check-in, identity and baggage checking to baggage logistics and parking facilities.

Airports are important infrastructure facilities for their regions and the global economy. People of diverse origins and cultures frequent them. Light promotes information and orientation. It facilitates recognising and experiencing highly frequented airport areas. In bright rooms, passengers navigate more easily and arrive at their desired destinations more quickly.

This suggests that the requirements for artificial lighting in airport areas according to EN 12464-1 can only provide an introduction to appropriate lighting design and implementation.