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Airport Development and Infrastructure Design (Classroom, 5 days)

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Did you know that in the past 3 years, 169 participants from 37 countries have taken this course with IATA?


Plan and expand airports with the help of IATA best practices and the latest Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM version 10, 2014).

Airports need to have the infrastructure in place to provide efficient operations in line with safety and security, allow aircraft to operate efficiently, minimize inconvenience for passengers, and provide fast and reliable baggage systems. As air traffic continues to grow, airports need to ensure that each system is flexible enough to accommodate future requirements.

Learn how to develop your airport using a step-by-step sequence that takes into consideration key elements such as passenger traffic, geographical data, and the positioning of facilities. Identify political and financial issues in airport planning and evaluate capacity constraints and developments.

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

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.


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

Next class

Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2020 - Singapore, Singapore (IATA)
3 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

  • Improve operational efficiency and flexibility
  • Meet capacity demand and finance airport capacity expansion
  • Plan passenger processing facilities
  • Develop terminal, apron and support processes for your airport
  • Improve your crisis management strategy

Course content

  • Airport economics
    • Airport cost structures
    • Investment decisions and financing
  • Key planning processes
    • Planning principles
    • Forecasting
    • Land use planning
  • Airport capacity
    • Passenger terminal facilities
    • Runway systems
  • Environmental considerations
    • Emission
    • Waste Management
  • Plus:
    • Aviation fuel systems
    • Passenger and cargo operations
    • Passenger and cargo terminal systems
    • Airport access through rail and road
    • Airport baggage handling
    • Anti-terrorism and police facilities
    • Airport fire services

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airport authority representatives
  • Facility Planners and Engineers
  • Airport infrastructure professionals

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.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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About IATA Classroom Training
We train more than 10,000 aviation professionals annually through our global network of IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partners, and in private in-company sessions. Our 200+ classroom courses are developed using IATA’s unique industry insight and delivered by IATA Instructors, experts in their fields. More

Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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