Introduction to Airport Master Planning

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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A master plan represents the strategic vision of an airport’s future development, based on the predicted demand, existing infrastructural assets (airside and landside), possible extensions options, and numerous other considerations (environmental, political, financial and regulatory).

The main challenge of developing a sound master plan, is to achieve a flexible, expandable and modular design to react to changes in terms of demand or airline requirements.

A master plan is linked with the airport’s business plan and can be a powerful communication instrument to the involved shareholders and stakeholders. It defines a set of commonly agreed principles by which future development will be brought forward.

airsight’s 3-day training course provides an overview of the factors considered in airport master planning and introduces the relevant technical and strategic planning parameters.

The course contains presentations on all main topics, which will be supported by group exercises as well as discussions.

Please note: This course can be booked as an in-house version in German or English - however, the course material is only available in English.

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: German or English
Duration: 3 days

Course Content

Key strategic planning considerations

  • Airport and air traffic development
  • Airport capacity

Traffic analysis

  • Traffic profiling
  • Peak and design hour analysis
  • Airport planning parameters

Elements of the master planning process

  • Existing conditions assessments
  • Capacity calculations
  • Airport layout planning
  • Design optioneering
  • Development phasing
  • Financial considerations

Airfield infrastructure design

  • Runways
  • Taxiway systems
  • Aircraft parking stands

Passenger terminal and landside planning

  • Configuration and layout
  • Subsystems and processing elements
  • Level of service
  • Surface access systems


Jenny Bradley, Dipl.-Geogr.

Jenny is an experienced airport planner who has worked on a range of international aviation projects ranging from small regional airports to international gateways. Her expertise includes EU and EASA rules and regulations, airfield inspections, airport master planning, capacity analyses and fast time simulation studies for airports worldwide. Jenny has training experience in different areas. The courses she conducted range from Introduction to Aviation and EASA Rules and Regulations to Airport Masterplanning and Airport Capacity.

Target Group

  • Airport engineers and planners
  • Airport management
  • Civil aviation authority representatives
  • Airline representatives
  • Airport shareholders and financial analysts

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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