The years leading up to 2020 were clearly strong ones for commercial aviation. Before 2020, increasing passenger demand propelled development plans. As a result of the pandemic, airports reconsidered how to move forward against a backdrop of challenging new realities.
Some of the ongoing projects include asset management to support long-term growth, intermodal and environmental studies, plans to use sustainable aviation fuel, and optimization of processes and designs to support sustainability objectives. For more than a decade, WSP has been working with Airports Council International (ACI) to develop and administer the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, which provides a framework to help airports manage and reduce their carbon emissions. The number of accredited airports continues to grow, as being a sustainable airport has become a priority.
Application of technology to security, terminal navigation and baggage handling remains central to enabling a simplified passenger journey. Agility will be a critical factor in shaping innovative pathways that advance the passenger experience and support the evolving needs of airlines.
With so much uncertainty, building flexibility into long-term plans is key to accommodating and maximizing technological developments, such as electric-powered short-haul planes and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) taxis.
In support of achieving ambitious goals, we offer a look at some of WSP’s work with airports around the world, all pursuing a better future.