News about the master plan study will be posted here regularly. Please check back frequently to learn about the project’s status.
Public Information Workshop
April 11, 2013
On April 11, the Department of Aviation will be conducting a public information workshop that will focus on Airport master plan facility requirements for the years 2016, 2021, and 2031. Among the topics that will be reviewed:
• How many gates will be needed in these future years?
• Will curbfront length be adequate?
• Will additional security screening lanes be needed?
• What will future average aircraft delay be?
• Will the automated people mover systems need additional capacity?
• Does the Airport need more vehicular parking?
Current Project Status
December 18, 2012
Work continues on the master plan study. A facility inventory has been completed and the forecast of aviation activity has been reviewed and accepted by the Department of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration. With the completion of these two elements, work is underway on the next master plan component, the demand/capacity and facility requirements analysis.
The demand/capacity and facility requirements analysis will define future facility needs and assess existing facilities’ ability to meet future aviation demand. The five areas of the Airport under analysis include the airfield, landside components (roads, curbs, parking), terminal and gates, utilities, and support functions. Based on this analysis, the “gap” between existing facility capabilities and future facility needs is defined which provides the basis for the identification of development concepts and alternatives in subsequent master plan tasks.
Several stakeholder meetings have been held in support of the master plan. In mid-August the first public workshop was held that covered the master plan process, stakeholder scoping sessions, facility inventory, and activity forecasts. The second advisory committee meeting was held on September 7 to discuss the aviation forecasts, and status meetings were held with the Atlanta Regional Commission in October, and the Atlanta City Council - Transportation Committee in December. Presentation materials and master plan documentation can be found on the Documentation page of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Master Plan Website.
August 1, 2012
The master plan study began on January 2, 2012, with the initiation of the project scoping efforts. Scoping sessions have been held with several municipalities, federal and local transportation agencies, and tenants. The goals were to collect views on the Airport’s strengths and weaknesses and to identify opportunities and potential obstacles to those opportunities. Project scoping efforts lasted through late spring, and the results will be summarized and incorporated into the master plan documentation.
The process also includes formal opportunities for stakeholder and public involvement, including a series of public workshops and the establishment of an advisory committee that will review the master plan study. The advisory committee’s first meeting was May 18, and the first public workshop will take place in summer 2012.
Inventory efforts are under way to establish existing facilities’ operational characteristics and capabilities. This effort includes the collection of physical and operational data on most Airport components (airfield, terminals, roadways, parking, etc.). This information will be used in determining the existing system’s capabilities and whether it can accommodate future demands.
Planners are developing 20-year aviation demand forecasts to be used in assessing facilities’ capabilities and in defining the requirements for future facilities. Forecasts will be prepared for the various categories of passenger enplanements and aircraft operations on annual, peak month and peak month/average day (PM/AD) bases. PM/AD forecasts will be used to create future flight schedules to serve as a means of assessing existing facilities’ limitations and future facilities’ needs.
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