In many ways, master plans are shaped by the strategic ambitions of the airport operator, the policy and planning framework that is set by national and regional governments. This is a course that provides delegates with the relevant knowledge and sets of skills in order to solve airport strategic planning problems as practitioners.

Most airports prepare master plans which outline short, medium and long-term development ambitions. In many ways, master plans are shaped by the strategic ambitions of the airport operator, the policy and planning framework that is set by national and regional governments and the often conflicting demands, interests and expectations of different stakeholders. 

At a glance

  • Dates
    • Please enquire for course dates
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost

    £2,050 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.

Course structure

The course consists of a programme of lectures delivered by our Air Transport faculty and visiting speakers from industry. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

What you will learn

This course will allow delegates to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the process of airport capacity planning within the context of changing airline industry structure, national airport policy goals and planning constraints.
  • Identify the key components involved in approving airport development projects and be able to appraise the arguments for and against expansion.
  • Compare, analyse and assess different location options for new airports and understanding the interaction of key variables in the decision-making process.

Core content

• Airport Community Relations
• Airport Master Planning
• Airport Policy and the Planning Process
• Airport Surface Access Planning
• Case Studies in Airport Strategic Planning
• Economic and Technical Characteristics of Surface Access Modes
• Flexible Strategic Planning
• Securing Airport Planning Approval
• Site Selection for New Airports
• The Economic Impact of Airports
• The Impact of Airline Industry Changes on Airport Planning
• Workshop on Airport Planning

Who should attend

The course will be of value and interest to:

  • Planners employed by airports who are responsible for airport strategic planning and for the development of master plans.
  • Aviation industry consultants who are regularly involved in airport master planning or strategic projects.


The course is taught by a dynamic mix of Cranfield staff and industry experts.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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