Cost model: Airport facilities

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Airports are facing unprecedented demand and growth, coupled with increased passenger expectations – meaning terminal buildings need to catch up

01 / Introduction

Airport passenger traffic is due to double in the next 20 years, according to the recent report titled Airport of the Future, from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). With the report also noting that 45 of the world’s 100 busiest airports already have capacity issues, there are major changes and development required, as well as a need for UK airports to react to any operational changes required after Brexit. 

The pattern of passengers has shifted significantly over the last five years, with national growth concentrated in London, which has seen demand increase by 36%. This view is supported by forecasts from the Department for Transport (DfT) that indicate passenger numbers will grow to 355 million a year by 2030. 

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