It is said that the aviation industry is experiencing something of a boom, never mind what the global supply of oil and gas, and its prices, continue to challenge aviation stakeholders with. Airports around the world continue to compete for the attentions of commercial and domestic foot traffic, all towards retaining the interests of high stakes stakeholders in what continues to be a highly profitable enterprise. And to serve the stakeholders’ purposes, there is no shortage of airport master planning consultants. And these consultants are being called upon to respond to the increasing demand for bigger passenger friendly airports that are able to achieve shorter queue turnarounds.
There is now a concerted shift towards what could be defined as a boutique airport. Less is more. And dynamite comes in small packages, that sort of thing. There is a move towards smaller aircraft carriers as well. These carriers, needless to say, cater for smaller groups of people and it is apparent that this is what the market is striving for. It is proving to be more profitable and acceptable to the public, both commercial and domestic. And if that is the case, then it has the potential to deliver a welcome return on investment to the airport businesses.
Gate occupancy times will decrease with smaller fleets. Less traffic on the roads, and that’s got to be sustainable, surely. All this leads to a demand for an efficiently run airfield. There will be reduced runway occupancy times. And there will be shorter queues at the gates. Companies with stakes in such enterprises now need to be ready to cater for this new market shift. Master planning helps airport companies understand their future requirements. The master planning consultants can help these companies come up with a long-term and sustainable plan for the future.