A new edition of IATA’s airport planning guide aims to improve the travel experience at all levels.

Singapore

IATA’s Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM), a comprehensive airport planning guide produced in conjunction with Airports Council International, has universal application.

It was recently updated following stakeholder input, which has seen the 11th edition increase in size by 25%. 

Level of Service additions include automated border control for both outbound and inbound traffic and there is now a consolidated section on New Technology. 

This covers IT trends as well as passenger, baggage, and operational management.

Many of the best practices featured in the ADRM will be introduced at Solidarity Transport Hub, Warsaw’s new airport and central railway station. 

Other new content includes a Commercial Development section that recognizes the importance of airport commercial activities, such as retail techniques and food and beverage, while Jet Fuel Infrastructure now covers the entire supply chain, an element often overlooked in airport masterplans. 

Wayfinding, international cost variations, airport collaborative decision-making, and airside infrastructure have all been updated. 

Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer, meanwhile, is a new section that emphasizes the importance of defining projects and providing the right governance in this area.

Importantly, there is a new capacity calculation methodology. A simple and consistent methodology was needed that was both flexible and accurate. The focus is now on the demand for each subsystem.

Many of the best practices featured in the ADRM will be introduced at Solidarity Transport Hub, Warsaw’s new airport and central railway station. 

The facility, some 37km from the city center, will handle 45 million passengers per annum on opening in 2027.

IATA has been involved in the consultation process throughout. A key element of the airport vision is the flexibility to handle an unknown future in terms of technology and air travel processes. All functions will accordingly have an open design.

Crucially, sustainability is at the root of all decisions. Noise and emissions are guiding principles to ensure a minimal impact on local communities.

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