1st Edition

Fundamentals of Airport Planning Theory and Practice

By Ravi Lakshmanan Copyright 2024
    238 Pages 159 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 159 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Airport planning, especially the airside, is based on strict compliance with regulatory requirements. In heavily urbanized, industrialized countries, where suitable sites for new airport developments are increasingly hard to find – and subjected to unprecedented public scrutiny – the role of the airport planner is more crucial than ever.

    Fundamentals of Airport Planning aims to explain airport planning from the ground up. Utilizing a basic framework and step-by-step approach, the author introduces the critical parameters for selecting a suitable and 'best' location from among multiple sites. International and country-specific regulations are described and accounted for. The master planning process is described with suitable illustrations and examples, and the benefits and best practices of master planning are discussed. The location of visual aids (lighting and marking) and non-visual aids Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Systems (CNS) is considered, and readers will also learn how to prepare technically feasible plans with various infrastructures and how to assess a project's financial viability. This book includes a chapter on land use planning to maximize the utilization of the asset, with appropriate control within and outside the airport.

    This book is aimed at postgraduate students who are specializing in aviation or air transport management, as well as professionals studying or working in airport planning and design and related aviation topics.


    Chapter 1- Introduction to airport planning

    Chapter 2 – Planning framework

    Chapter 3- Airport capacity and planning

    Chapter 4- ICAO SARPS for planning

    Chapter 5- Master planning

    Chapter 6- Visual aids, CNS system, and air traffic management

    Chapter 7- Environmental impact and land use planning

    Chapter 8- Conceptual design of airport components

    Chapter 9 - Pre-feasibility study


    Ravi Lakshmanan is an Advisor to GMR Airports and is based in India. He has worked in the aviation industry for over 30 years, and since retiring in 2016 he has worked as an airport planning advisor for GMR. His areas of expertise are delivering cost-effective infrastructure planning that meets regulatory criteria; revenue and cost analyses for airport operations; and techno-economic feasibility of airport planning operations. He is also a guest lecturer at the Indian Aviation Academy.