delta88 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 53 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2682 times:
I know some answers might be obvoius, but im really wondering. What are the main causes of Airport Expansion, who says or who does what to get an airport to expand. I mean airport runway extensions, new Terminals, New Runways, and other things. Do the Airlines have a say, part or all?
Well first of all the expansion of any major airport would come down to demand...
Let's use HKT as an example...
Current capacity 6.5 million passengers. The Airports of Thailand have approved works to commence on the expansion of the airport and apron due to the airport exceeding it's capacity capabilities of 6.5 which is to be doubled to 12 million... This has been approved due to the current infrastructure not capable of handling the current movements and to allow for growth in the tourism industry...
Airports of Thailand (AoT) has begun work on Phuket International's THB5.7bn ($182m) expansion project. The contract has been awarded to Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Public Company and is expected to be completed by April 2015.
The project will be performed in phases, with the first consisting of the construction of a new international terminal capable of handling six million passengers per year, which is expected to take one year to complete.
AoT said that following the completion of the new international terminal construction, work on modifications to the old terminal will commence.
According to the airport operator, completion of first phase of the project will expand the airport's handling capacity to 12.5 million international and domestic passengers every year, up from 6.5 million.
dlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 865 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
Alot of growth has to do with airline and cargo growth. Most growth follows a master plan that the airport comission put together to forecast growth and what the airport needs and what needs to be done
All airports (or at least successful airports) consult with the airlines before undergoing expansion. They need to know how much more they are willing to pay in fees, along with gaining input on what works/what doesn't and how they should go about addressing airline's various issues. Although sometimes what the airlines (or certain airlines) want and what the airport (or certain other airlines) want are two completely different things.
No use in an airport building a new multi-billion dollar Taj Mahal terminal if it raises the airport's fees so much that airlines reduce flights negating its need in the first place.