#e.24118 Monday 8:30AM to Thursday 4:30PM
October 28-31, 2013
CM | 26.00

Airport Systems Planning and Design (42nd Annual Short Course)

Technology Transfer Program at UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

This four-day course covers the broad spectrum of airport planning and design issues within the evolving context of the air transportation industry. It provides an introduction to issues that arise in planning airport systems and the development of new and existing airports, as well as the design of airport facilities to handle both aircraft and passenger demand. These issues are examined in the context of recent trends in airline service, fuel costs, industry structure and evolving efforts to address climate change and sustainability.

The course provides an opportunity to explore these issues with experts from different segments of the industry. The topics covered range from airport and airline economics and travel demand forecasting to airport capacity analysis, noise analysis, and environmental planning. Airfield design, passenger processing, and airport ground access are also discussed.

The past twelve years have been a period of great turmoil in the airline industry. Following a decade of fairly steady growth in air travel and air cargo demand that resulted in then-record levels of air traffic in 2000, a slowdown in economic growth starting in 2001 together with the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the impacts of the resulting security measures led to a steep decline in air travel. As a result of significantly improved airport security and a rebounding economy, the growth in air travel resumed as the decade progressed and by 2005 air traffic had exceeded pre-September 11 levels. Over the next two years air traffic continued to grow and most airlines were again able to achieve profitability. Industry trends showed a continued growth of low-cost carriers, the expanded use of regional jets in markets previously served by larger aircraft, and increased point-to-point service. As a result, airports were again experiencing increased congestion and delays.Then oil prices soared, driving up the cost of aviation fuel and wiping out the gains in airline profitability, quickly followed by a collapse of the financial markets and a severe recession.

Since mid-2012 , the economy has been continuing a slow recovery from this recession, although air travel has not yet returned to pre-recession levels, in part due to higher air fares as airlines struggle to achieve profitability in the face of high fuel prices. However, future air traffic growth is forecast to reach traffic levels that exceed the previous peak by 2015 and to continue growing thereafter, presenting new challenges for those involved in airport planning and design. Complicating this situation are growing pressures to respond to longer term concerns about climate change and sustainability.

The course is being offered by the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR).

This course in intended for engineers and planners working for airport authorities, consultants, and government agencies, as well as airport and airline management personnel interested in the technical considerations that need to be taken into account in planning airport development. It will also be of interest to those involved in teaching transportation engineering courses or undertaking research on airport-related topics.



Geoffrey Gosling

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