Aviation is one of the fastest-growing and most technologically advanced sectors in transport. This has far-reaching implications for airports owners and operators, and for communities around them.



LaGuardia Master Plan Concept

Aviation Taking Off Worldwide

Every year, the aviation industry serves over 3.5 billion passengers and transports more than 50 million tons of cargo. And these numbers keep growing, which means that airports must increase their capacity to meet today’s requirements and adapt to meet today’s customer expectations.

We also believe that airports are more than places where travelers arrive and depart. As global connectivity hubs, they drive innovation and technological developments, and they stimulate social and economic activities in their communities. Our aviation assignments range from strategic consulting services to project management, from micro-simulation models to airport master plans, from terminal expansion to carbon accreditation, and from rehabilitating runways to implementing baggage handling systems.

Airport Expansion
LaGuardia Airport in New York is a good example of the challenges faced by existing installations. Built in 1964, Terminal B was designed for 8 million people; today, it serves more than 13 million people. New facilities were badly needed, and authorities agreed to a $4 billion project in one of the most important public-private partnerships in the U.S. Designing and building a bigger terminal on such a constrained site, while maintaining existing operations,  requires extensive coordination.

WSP leads the design joint venture for the $4 billion Central Terminal redevelopment program being developed through a public-private partnership, which entails a new 35-gate terminal, two remote concourses connected to the main terminal via dramatic pedestrian bridges over active taxiways, a new central arrivals hall, a 3,100-space parking garage, a new central utility plant, and reconfiguration of the landside roadway network. Our services include civil, structural, traffic, geotechnical, mechanical/electrical, and utility design and environmental remediation.

As airport owners and operators worldwide face unprecedented challenges with capacity constraints, financial challenges and aging aviation infrastructure, the ability to think out-of-the box and to create new forward-looking solutions is needed. Airports must also meet constantly changing standards for levels of service, passenger preferences, technology, safety and sustainability.

Drawing on the latest technologies and innovations, we offer support to our clients ranging from strategic aviation consulting, private financing initiatives, alternative energy solutions and planning/environmental services to design and construction-phase services to operations and maintenance. We also provide program and construction management to oversee entire projects or capital programs.

In addition to airside and landside aviation facilities, WSP also provides the full range of services for the facilities upon which airports depend, such as central utility plants and parking garages, in-line explosive detection systems, passenger security screening checkpoints, as well as highway and transit systems to and within airports.

Working for the Future of the Aviation Industry

In these challenging times, we continue to work with our airport/aviation clients to bring new ideas and solutions, and to provide quality professional services that are safe, efficient, cost-effective and durable.

We have delivered more than 1,500 aviation projects worldwide, at more than 600 national and international airports in over 40 countries.

We not only serve the aviation industry, but we take great pride in being heavily involved through industry organizations and associations. Our involvement in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is an example of our commitment to build a better future. 

WSP combines the knowledge of an international professional services firm with an extensive range of specialized in-house aviation services. Our multidisciplinary team can deliver fully integrated solutions, tailored to specific local needs.

Locally Dedicated with International Scale

We have delivered more than 1,500 aviation projects worldwide, at more than 600 national and international airports in over 40 countries.

Future-focused and Driven by Sustainability

We are administrators of ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program, which has certified to date more than 200 airports around the world.

World-class Aviation Solutions

We design, plan, advise and manage airport development projects around the world.