Airport Terminal Planning and Design (LIVE virtual classroom)



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Did you know that in the past 3 years, 237 participants from 44 countries have taken this course with IATA?

About the course

5-day (20 hours) classroom course

IATA Airport Terminal Planning and Design  aviation training course

Explore the principles of terminal design, optimal passenger flows and balanced capacity based on IATA standards. Learn how to plan a terminal that can flexibly respond to future challenges and opportunities. Participate in an interactive environment facilitated by experienced and accredited subject matter experts. The passenger terminal is one of the most important, complicated and costly elements of an airport, and serves as the link between air and surface modes of travel. How a terminal is planned and designed is critical to determine if an airport is successful in efficiently meeting its user’s future needs.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of airport terminal planning and design and will appeal to those that would like a more in-depth understanding of the subject or build upon existing experience by expanding their knowledge of specific topics. The curriculum is based on the latest global standards from the 11th edition of the Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM) and will help you understand the key concepts and considerations involved.

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Course Code: TAPG-39-VC

Course format

  • The live sessions of this virtual classroom course are delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • The course will take you approximately 20 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 120 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 basic knowledge and experience on airport infrastructure and operations.
  • 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.

Please check the exact schedule of each class below (View more details) and click ‘Register’.

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What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe fundamental terminal planning and design concepts and planning assumptions
  • Improve how you integrate user and technical infrastructure requirements into your terminal
  • Identify terminal capacity and Level of Service (LOS)
  • Recognize opportunities for infrastructure improvements that can increase passenger convenience and revenues

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Airport terminal conceptual design
  • Forecasting
  • Terminal capacity, demand analysis and LOS
  • Computer simulation of terminal flows
  • Terminal operations support systems
  • Baggage handling systems
  • Terminal security planning and facilitation
  • Airport access and landside facilities
  • Automated People Mover (APM) and Passenger Boarding Bridge (PBB)
  • Sustainable design

Who should attend

This course is recommended for Personnel involved with airport projects:

  • Consulting/Engineering/Architecture firms
  • Airport authorities, Government agencies
  • Airport and Airline management

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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