- DatesJanuary 2015 – December 2020 (six years)
- SponsorHEIF, Aviation & Airports International, further funders to be confirmed
- PartnersAirport Excellence, AiQ Consulting, AirPortr, LEITRON, planeground, Reitsema & Partners, Perkins+Will
Our research program is forging the Airport of tomorrow. In an unprecedented design-led study at our laboratories at Cranfield Airport we will reveal how airports need to address their future.
Systematically we will deconstruct the current airport operation and movement patterns of passengers and goods to and from airports leading to a new airport model - replacing peak hour dominated planning by transforming airports into sustainable structures within a circular economy.
- While we spend more and more time travelling, living in between the journey from and to the airports is becoming increasingly diverse, new forms of urban occupation occur, such as co - working.
- By liberating the passenger from his baggage the use
of public transport will be encouraged. Increasing commercial
pressure and environmental challenges are
demanding better and more efficient use of resources.
Airports can take a far more Proactive position with the value chain of urban transport. Autonomous vehicles will eradicate traditional car park revenues, logistic networks Replace the traditional High Street. Ultimately airports will submerge within the urban Conglomerate.
- Consequently new forms of Security control have to address emerging challenges from increasing concentratio of passengers and local citizens alike on landside as recent attacks onto airports in Brussels, Istanbul and Moscow have indicated. Our vision is to enable airports to participate and potentially lead societal changes.
This will Include new conceptual approaches towards technology within current transport strategies but also faster and more direct access from the city to the aircraft.
Areas of focus
Our work will focus on three areas:
1. Passenger process
- Simplify the passenger process within the terminal and outside, and investigate better locations for each process.
- Detach bags from passengers – integrate baggage transport into other logistic chains and establish a new passenger end-to-end experience from departure to destination.
- Enhance the passenger experience and re-think the journey of the passenger through sensory experiences.
- Passengers are citizens and citizens are passengers: better utilized facilities and fill the gaps between peaks with non-aviation activities.
- The airport’s role within global retail streams is to be readdressed as a joint experience.
2. Movement to and from the airport
- Introduce city-thinking in response to increased demand to shared ownership and shared live-work-travel arrangements, create new identities and environments.
- Rethink the airport access and conceptualise the operation of driverless cars for people travelling to and working at the airport.
- Inspire people with easy access to and from the airport after work and take advantage of close proximity.
- Compare the entire journey from down-town to boarding to walking distances.
- Explore further opportunities from tracking passengers and baggage – multichannel business between airport and city.
- Consider airports as part of larger ecosystems and connect airports to High Speed train lines.
- Identify synergies between airports and the local community and airlines.
- Include the construction process as part of the airport operation.
- Synchronize data from commonly used open data platforms to encourage collaborative growth of airports, cities and regions.
3. Terminal to aircraft
- Explore new opportunities of faster boarding.
- Prepare airports for new generation aircraft and associated spatial and organizational requirements.
- Consider the impact of electric aircraft and drones, autonomous landside and airside vehicles.
- Robotise the aircraft operation.
News and events
Introducing Episode 2 of the Engineers Collective - the new podcast by New Civil Engineer! This one features Henrik Rothe and is all about the Future of Airports Urban Turbine Research Project and shares his thoughts on the role that airports of the future could have in connecting existing #infrastructure, #cities and #communities https://www.newcivilengineer.com/podcast/
Henrik spoke at the second Airport Access Ideas Forum in London in June 2018. The Forum is an event designed to highlight the key challenges airports, city planners and ground transport operators need to prepare for when planning airport access for future users. Read his case study - 'Urban Turbine research project – taking on the future of airports'.
More news and events on the Urban Turbine project website.