Airport Design & Airport Planning Technologies


The purpose of these program areas are to advise operators and their consultants of appropriate dimensional standards for airport development and to provide planning guidelines for developing landside and airside facilities.


The airport landside includes the terminal complex and access system. These facilities provide transition between ground and air transportation modes.


Airside facilities refers to the number and orientation of runways, taxiways and the location of terminal areas relative to runways.


Landside and airside facilities are planned through a process described in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5070-6A. 'Airport Master Plans'.

Passenger enplanements are expected to more than double during the next 25 years. In addition, major aircraft manufacturers have recently proposed super-jumbo and stretch versions of their existing aircraft. The increased passenger traffic and larger aircraft will severely strain existing airports. The major areas of concern include terminal and gate configurations, runway and taxiway geometry, pavements, baggage handling systems, service vehicles, parking, airport access roads and modes, and the cost for updating these facilities.


Emphasis is currently being placed on new large aircraft, terminal building planning, and facilities and systems for passenger access to airports.


Projects in these program areas can be accessed through the following links:


Airport Design Projects Airport Planning Projects
Taxiway Centerline Deviation Study Airport Funding Strategies
  Airport Passenger Survey Model
Contact Project Lead: Lauren Collins
Contact Project Lead: Holly Cyrus


Last Update: 07/22/13