Airport Operations & Infrastructure
For IATA, it is essential that airport planning and infrastructure development supports safe, functional, capacity balanced and user-friendly airports. Working closely with airport authorities, IATA seeks to ensure that they provide flexible facilities that meet airline requirements in a cost-effective manner.
Key in airport efficiency: the master plan
A master plan ensures that all airside, landside and airport support facilities can expand or improve their operations in a coordinated approach benefiting all parties.
Once the master plan is determined, the facility development programs can be organized in phases, allowing modular incremental growth. The initial development is usually contained within a 10-year rolling capital expenditure (CAPEX) program. IATA also works on the viability of the plan in consultation with the involved parties. This exercise is essential in determining the potential impact on airport charges.
Priorities & work program
||Airline priorities and IATA's work program are determined bi-annually by member airlines attending the World Airports Group or the respective Regional Airport Steering Group. |
Airports are prioritized as follows:
- A List (regular consultation required via an ACC)
- B List (Technical Mission required)
- C List (to be closely monitored)
- D List (no action required).
Airport Consultative Committees
The Airport Consultative Committees (ACC) allow constructive engagement on new airport developments and airport infrastructure expansion projects. ACCs are supported by airport authorities and airline groups - including airline/airport planning experts, Board of Airline Representatives (BAR), local Airline Operators Committee (AOC) and IATA. Currently, there are active ACCs at twenty-six airports worldwide.
Technical missions are undertaken at the request of the Regional Airports Steering Groups (RASGs) and member airlines at airports new to IATA. Their role is to determine the exact parameters, circumstances and potential impact of major airport development programs.