Air Transport Policy and Planning

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

Airports increasingly present a major infrastructure constraint to meeting the demand for air travel. Airport development often conflicts with other policy objectives and is becoming a highly contentious topic. This seminar aims to address a number of key issues of interest to airport planners and managers and those formulating airport policy.

We will consider the following topics:

  • measures to expand airport capacity in relation to both terminals and runways and the interaction with surface transport
  • economic and environmental issues
  • the implications of airline strategies for airports, with particular reference to changing patterns of passenger demand and airline operations
  • methods for operating airports more effectively, including research needs in forecasting and marketing
  • government policy in the UK and other countries

Who is this course for?

The seminar has been designed to appeal to a wide range of participants including airport planners, managers and operational staff, airport specialists in government departments, airline executives involved with airport planning, analysts from aircraft manufacturers and consultants.

Course content

The course will include the following lectures:

  • Current issues in the economic regulation of aviation (including alliances, anti-trust, unfair competition and consumer rights)
    Jamie Baldwin, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College
  • Understanding air travel behaviour and passengers' choice of airport
    Dr Stephane Hess, Principal Research Fellow, ITS, University of Leeds
  • Public attitudes to airports
    Steve Bailes, Formerly Special Projects Officer, Hertfordshire County Council
  • Developing a regional airport 
    Marcel Buelens, Chief Executive Officer, Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges Airports
  • Hub airport design and policy: the UK and Dubai experience
    Mike Pearson, Airport Development Director, Atkins
  • New runway options for Heathrow
    Tom Carter, Air Transport Consultant, Vulcan Associates
  • Developing an airport for air cargo
    Alain Decors, VP Marketing and Development Worldwide, WFS Group
  • Airport connectivity and competition between hubs
    Dr Guillaume Burghouwt, Research Consultant, Amsterdam Aviation Economics
  • Airport capacity and management issues
    Dr Nigel Dennis, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • Airline sustainability dilemmas
    Dr Debbie Ancell, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster
  • Trends in the airline industry and their impact on airports
    Professor Rigas Doganis, Principal, Rigas  Doganis & Associates
  • Brexit – the possible impact on aviation
    Dr Barry Humphreys, BKH Aviation
  • Surface access management at airports and environmental issues
    Dr Thomas Budd, Lecturer in Airport Planning and Management, Cranfield University
  • Economic impact of airports
    Eric Njoya, Lecturer in Air Transport, University of Huddersfield
  • Capacity issues in London
    Graham Lake, Formerly Director General, CANSO
  • Remote technologies at airports
    Mike Pearson, Director, Helios
  • Airport demand and capacity decisions
    Ken Stevens, Formerly Director Airport Affairs, Alaska Air Group
  • Open skies rollback and re-regulation: consequences for global aviation
    Paul Behnke, formerly Director, Economics, ACI World

Visit to Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is one of Europe’s major airports, handling over 20 million passengers per year. A second runway opened in 2001, one of few recently built in Europe. The airport has an innovative surface access strategy, including rail, buses and trams, with a new ground transport interchange. We will also be able to see the reconstruction programme that has taken place in Terminal 1, with most shopping and catering facilities moved airside.

Presentations will be given by the planning department of Manchester Airport covering the development of the airport, its role in the regional economy, surface access issues and the second runway scheme. This will be followed by a tour of the airport including the terminals, ground transport and the second runway environmental mitigation measures.