Airport Master Planning (LIVE virtual classroom)



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Did you know that in the past 5 years, 371 participants from 58 countries have taken this course with IATA?

About the course

5-day (21 hours) LIVE virtual classroom course

IATA Airport Master Planning aviation training course

An Airport Master Plan is a critical planning tool for determining the future requirements of an airport and provides a vision for realizing its ultimate potential. The primary purpose is to establish an orderly development concept to guide the airport’s short, medium, and long-term measures and assist airport management and stakeholders in making informed decisions. This course will help you understand the airport master planning process and the key principles for creating a plan that flexibly protects an airport’s operations and development over an extended period-of-time. The course, based on the latest standards from the 11th edition of the Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM), will explain the range of topics that should be included in an airport master plan.

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Course Code: TAPP-08-VC

Course format

  • The live sessions of this virtual classroom course are delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • The course will take you approximately 21 hours to complete and be held over 5 consecutive days.
  • There will be 2 live interactive virtual classroom sessions per day, each session will be 90 minutes.
  • The live sessions will require your participation, with multiple Q&A sessions and additional time spent on self-study material including projects, research, additional reading and videos.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment.

Technical requirements

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  • Participants should have knowledge of airport business and processes.
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the B2B Training Specialist in your region.

Virtual venues

We schedule our virtual classroom courses through one of 3 virtual venues, each in a different time zone for your convenience. For more information, please visit our page on virtual classroom timing or contact our Customer Portal.

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What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Develop a master plan that integrates the strategic objectives of your business
  • Demonstrate the steps in the master planning process
  • Identify traffic forecasting methodologies used in master planning
  • Recognize the key principles of terminal and airside capacity planning
  • Develop and evaluate strategic options
  • Design a robust development plan and phasing strategy

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • The attributes of a successful airport master plan
  • The master planning process flow
  • Constraints mapping
  • Requirements analysis
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Passenger terminal design and capacity
  • Terminal Level of Service and Concept of Operations
  • Surface access strategy
  • Airport support elements
  • Options development and evaluation
  • Airport land use planning

Who should attend

This course is recommended for airport managers in:

  • Aviation management professionals
  • Infrastructure developers

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on an assessment. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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