The Future of Airport Design / by Leah Anderson

Changi, Incheon, Heathrow, Kuwait, Doha—each of these next generation airports represents the exciting future of airport design.  Boldly envisioned and brilliantly executed, they express the culture and hospitality of a city, a region and a nation as a destination for domestic and global travelers on business and for pleasure.  By necessity airports are paradigms of operational efficiency; aircraft landing and departures, time on the ground for provisioning, fueling and maintenance, baggage processing and a complex array of flight logistics determine an airport’s capacity to move passengers and aircraft to their destinations safely, efficiently and on time.  Technology has enabled advancements like online check-in and seat selection, home tag/self-drop RFID baggage systems, biometric processing and common use gate allocation to become a reality.  Airports of the future are not merely transit points but multi-venue branded environments offering entertainment, hospitality and retail options to maximize revenues and provide increasingly higher levels of personalized customer service.  In the future major international airports will be integral to regional transportation networks, linked by technology and ground transportation to provide end to end processing of customers and address the journey moments at each stage of the travel experience.  Flexibility and adaptability will be key as airports invest in facilities and infrastructure to meet the constantly changing demands of air travel.  A commitment to net zero resource consumption and green design principles helps to create a future that is sustainable for following generations.

Welcome to next generation airport design—your flight into the future has arrived.