Airport Terminal Planning and Design (Classroom)

Some of these topics are also explored in the following virtual classroom course:

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


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.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers and Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-house training.

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Course Code: TAPG-39

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • 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 salesperson in your region.

Next class

Airport Terminal Planning and Design (Classroom)

Singapore, Singapore (IATA)
7 - 11 March, 2022
Register before 05 Dec, 2021 to take advantage of the 20% Early Bird discount*. The price below includes this discount. *Terms apply
Please register by 14 Feb
All prices are before tax. Class no: 148796 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,736
USD 2,232
USD 2,480

2 additional classes are scheduled

Airport Terminal Planning and Design (Classroom)

Canada, Montreal (IATA, ACCET Accredited)
9 - 13 May, 2022
Register before 06 Feb, 2022 to take advantage of the 20% Early Bird discount*. The price below includes this discount. *Terms apply
Please register by 18 Apr
All prices are before tax. Class no: 150398 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,736
USD 2,232
USD 2,480

Please check if you are eligible to travel to Canada before you complete your registration.


The IATA Training Center in Montreal is ACCET Accredited

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Do you need an eTA? Apply for your eTA (a CAD 7 fee applies).

Please note that travelers or if you are booking for someone else, are responsible to request their visas through varying designated channels (consulates and/ or third party companies) in due time.

A regional course fee (15% discount) is applied to course participants residing in Canada who attend classes at the Montreal Training Center. To claim the discount, enter YMQ-LOCAL in the promotional code field during your registration. The discount will be deducted automatically from the course price.

These regional discounts will be applied in addition to any qualifying early bird promotion.

As per the detailed procedure on our tax page, non-Canadian residents do not pay sales taxes if they advise us prior to their purchase.

Montreal Training Center information

Airport Terminal Planning and Design (Classroom)

Switzerland, Geneva (IATA)
26 - 30 September, 2022
Register before 26 Jun, 2022 to take advantage of the 20% Early Bird discount*. The price below includes this discount. *Terms apply
Please register by 05 Sep
All prices are before tax. Class no: 148631 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,736
USD 2,232
USD 2,480

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

  • 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 all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Additional content


Deppy Sigala, Planning & Design Manager, Fraport Greece
This training covers a plethora of issues regarding Terminal design, and will be very useful in my role with Fraport. It covers the complete spectrum of Terminal design. I've found the most useful has been the calculations of processes. The Instructor shared real airport examples for every part of the theory, making it easier to grasp. Our class consisted of participants from various professional and cultural backgrounds, and their shared experiences were super interesting and helpful.

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