What is an Airport Master Plan?

  • An Airport Master Plan is a long-range planning document that serves several important purposes for the Airport Sponsor, airport users, and the local community.
  • The Master Plan’s essential purpose is to evaluate current and projected aviation demand and identify improvements that satisfy the demand, as well as customer expectations, over a 20-year planning horizon.
  • An Airport Master Plan provides a strategic vision and development plan and recommendations for Near-Term, Intermediate-Term, and Long-Term capital improvement projects.
  • Because the aviation industry is dynamic, Airport Master Plans should be flexible and regularly updated by the airport owner.

Master Plan Update Process

Master Plan Timeline

What is an Airport Layout Plan?

An Airport Layout Plan (ALP) is a set of drawings that graphically depict existing facilities, the development projects identified in the Airport Master Plan, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-recommended design standards. The ALP is an important item for coordination between the Airport Sponsor and the FAA.