Master Planning

An airport development plan (master plan) is a conceptual plan that covers all relevant parts of an airport (i.e. airside, terminal, landside, landside access system). As it derives from an unconstrained development concept it is a comprehensive planning approach that takes all restrictions and limitations into account. The development is based on the ultimate vision – i.e. the maximum development stage at the end of the development period – which it reflects in individual development phases (phased concept), thus ensuring the right capacity at the lowest possible investment costs for each specific development phase.


  • Demand analysis
  • Detailed traffic volume analysis (passengers, aircraft movements, cargo volumes, catering, fuel tons, etc.)
  • Peak hour analysis of passengers, aircraft movements, etc.
  • Constraints analysis
  • Definition of quality standards
  • Elaboration of a design parameter catalogue
  • Capacity calculation – top-down approach – based on quality standards, benchmarks and AIRPORT COMPETENCE’s international experience
  • Elaboration of a comprehensive capacity model
  • Conceptual planning – airport development plan (airside, terminal, landside, landside access system, etc.)
  • Scenario analysis
  • Phasing concept – ultimate vision
  • Functional layout (terminal)
  • CAPEX calculation (phased over the entire timeline)
  • Elaboration of a master plan report (airside, terminal, landside, landside access system, CAPEX, etc.)


  • Industrial standard in accordance with the ICAO Airport Planning Manual Doc 9184-AN/902 Part 1 and Annex 14 Aerodrome Design and Operations
  • Secures the right capacity over the course of the entire development period
  • Establishes and maintains the “balance of systems”
  • Avoids capacity bottlenecks – especially when certain parts are temporarily not in operation
  • Avoids unnecessary overcapacity, prevents excessive and premature investments
  • Transparent visualisation of space and equipment requirements over the entire development period
  • Avoids stranded investments
  • Avoids inefficient layouts (airside, terminal, landside, etc.)
  • Lays the foundation for financing concepts
  • Provides the basis for an airport valuation
  • Attracts potential shareholders

Master Planning Projects