For more than 50 years, the Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM) has been recognized as the industry’s most important guide for airport planning and development.

In a constantly evolving world, the ADRM has provided sound guidance for developing airport infrastructure that balances capacity with demand and efficiently meets user requirements while keeping up with evolving technology.

The ADRM provides best practice guidance to help address these challenges and is an important resource for airport planers, architects, engineers and airport authorities. Its comprehensive content, covering the most critical aspects of airport development, is the result of contributions by a global network of airport development practitioners who bring expertise gained from projects around the world.

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What’s inside the ADRM

Section 1 – Introduction

Section 2 – Forecasting (economic base for air travel, competitive analysis, baggage forecast, air transport movement forecast, etc.)

Section 3 – Planning (master planning, airside infrastructure, passenger terminal, cargo terminal, airport simulation, jet fuel infrastructure, etc.)

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The key updates in the 11th edition include:

  • Updated Level of Service (LoS) Guidelines chart
  • New capacity calculation methodology and formulas
  • New section on Airport Technology
  • Expanded section on Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT)
  • Expanded section on Baggage Handling
  • New section on Commercial Development
  • New section on Jet Fuel Infrastructure
  • Expanded support sections on Terminal Wayfinding and Signage, and A-CDM
  • Expanded section on Multiple Aircraft Ramping Stand (MARS) stands
  • Complete revision and update of the existing content

An infographic available for download illustrates the guiding principle for operating at an optimum Level of Service (LoS).

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