MJ Revolutionizes the Traditional Airport Master Plan with a New Dynamic Planning Approach
Change is inevitable and airports must have the ability to accurately predict future changes in air and passenger traffic to determine timing for needed improvements. McFarland Johnson has developed a solution to this challenge, which includes a new approach to aviation planning that we’ve incorporated into recent planning projects at airports such as Elmira Corning Regional and Niagara Falls International. We’re excited about this new development and have been sharing our experiences at industry conferences such as the 2014 AAAE National Conference; the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design & Construction Symposium; and the ACC/ACI NEPA & Planning Workshop. MJ will also be presenting this new approach at the upcoming Annual Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives Conference in August and at the New York Aviation Management Association Fall Conference & Exhibit Show in September. Read on to learn about the development of this tool and what it offers airport clients...
The issue with the traditional airport master planning process is that it fails to provide a flexible plan that addresses the rapid, often unforeseeable changes that the airline industry encounters. These traditional master plans typically take 12-18 months to complete and oftentimes air service, baseline data, policies, areas of focus and even personnel have already changed over this duration.
At the heart of McFarland Johnson’s revolutionary approach to master planning is a robust and flexible Dynamic Analysis Tool (DAT) computer model that analyzes future airport scenarios by allowing airports to select from a variety of potential scenarios and user inputs. This offers an airport sponsor the ability to consider how changes in air traffic, cost structure or even change in airport mission would impact future development and financial outcomes. This approach considers both likely and unforeseen scenarios and adjusts airport plans for terminal development, cost structure, and space allocation to incorporate these inputs and scenarios.
In this way, McFarland Johnson has transformed the airport master plan from simply a static plan, to a true management tool. Click here for a demonstration of this software in action.