​For IATA, it is essential that airport planning and infrastructure development encompasses safe, functional, capacity balanced and user-friendly airports. Working closely with airlines, airport authorities, regulators and design consultants, IATA seeks to ensure that airport development strategies result in affordable, flexible facilities that support airline operational and customer experience requirements now and in the future.

Key to airport efficiency: the master plan

The airport master plan ensures that all airside, landside and airport support facilities can improve and/or expand their operations in a coordinated manner that benefits all parties.

Master plans should be based on common airline and airport business development strategies. Once the master plan is determined, the facility development programs can be organized in phases, allowing modular, incremental growth in accordance with traffic forecasts and the business strategies of the airline community, the airport and other key stakeholder groups.

The major elements of an initial development scheme are usually contained in a 10-year rolling capital expenditure (CAPEX) program. IATA helps to validate the strategy and resulting development plan in consultation with the involved parties. This exercise is essential in determining the affordability of the plan in terms of costs, benefits and the overall impact on airport charges.

Priorities & work program

Airline priorities and IATA's work program are determined at Regional Airport Steering Group meetings in consultation with member airlines, as well as meetings with the IATA Financial Committee.

Airport Consultative Committees

The Airport Consultative Committees (ACC) facilitate constructive engagement between key business partners and stakeholders on airport infrastructure expansion projects, as well as new airport developments and airport infrastructure expansion projects. ACCs are chaired by IATA on behalf of the airline community and attended by airport authorities and airline groups - including airline/airport planning experts, Boards of Airline Representatives (BAR), local Airline Operators Committees (AOC) and IATA.

Technical missions

Technical missions are undertaken at the request of member airlines. Their role is to determine the exact parameters, circumstances and potential impact of specific airport development projects and to examine issues related to that airport.

Peer reviews

IATA also works in association with airline members and airports to evaluate the physical and operational elements of an existing airport and to recommend means of improving capacity and the customer experience for passengers and other airport user groups.​​