Airport planning and development

The number of passengers travelling through airports is increasing rapidly on a global scale. Airport planning and development is essential in leading an airport to its success and dealing with its demand. Through extensive planning, we create a foundation for an airport to grow and develop.

We help airports define and update their short and long-term strategy. Which direction would you like to head to? Our consultancy services assist on solving landside and airside capacity constraints. Determining the traffic is one aspect, but how to deal with this forecasted demand is another.
Airport expansion deals with determining the land use on a strategic level. Maximising the number of operations is important, but that also applies to the service level. Finding the right balance is essential. In the end, airlines and passengers are the ones deciding to use your airport based on their experience.

Focusing on the experience includes optimising terminal and runway capacity. Nonetheless, you may not forget that the passengers’ journey starts on the way to the airport. Hence, airport surface access strategy is of equal importance to today’s airport capacity.

Key services

Master planning is essential for the long-term development of an airport. Strategic planning is the basis for realising airport development. It highlights future capacity constraints; proposed spatial planning; the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of airport expansion, and the feasibility of the airport development. We understand the need for master planning and have the necessary tools to assist on achieving realistic and feasible solutions!
Land use and strategic planning is becoming of greater importance to today’s airports. Firstly, to assure and optimise spatial planning for operations on the airport. Secondly, to minimise impact on the surroundings. A combination of environmental and operational understanding is essential to pave the road to your success.
Maximising airside (including runways, taxiways and aprons) and landside (terminal, parking and surface access) capacity is surely of great importance. However, facing a growing importance of service, the level of service is becoming essential to an airport’s success. Finding that balance between logistic excellence and customer experience is what we aim to find.
Traffic forecasting is the foundation of each phase throughout an airport’s development. Forecasts are key to defining future facility requirements for both airside and landside. Peak and annual forecasts provide criteria for both facility and financial planning, and are required to determine future airport capacity requirements.
Runway operations significantly impact the capacity of aircraft movements at an airport, either being constrained by noise or safety restrictions. As such, researching the runway layout and runway operations on maximising capacity versus minimising environmental impact is becoming more and more important. We assist in finding the right balance and solving the challenges you face.
The objective of a feasibility study is commonly to evaluate potential opportunities and development projects to make the airport improve. This could be to reduce operating costs or to make the airport more efficient. We have gained experience in multiple feasibility studies on airport capacity. With our inhouse expertise we can assist you on these questions.