Global airport region research survey

Australia New South Wales

The airport can no longer be viewed in isolation from its regional setting. Modern airports are major nodes of economic, environmental and social impact. Their efficiency and development potential are inextricably linked with the wider urban context, and in particular, interaction with urban planning systems. There is a mutual dependency which needs to be realised and harnessed, to maximise community well-being and advancement.

The results summarised in this report provide an overview of the airport view of their interdependence with urban planning systems.

While they convey the great diversity in the airport industry, and the contrasting circumstances of different places, there is also a convergence of opinion about many aspects of local and regional planning practices and their implications for airport planning and development.

The report draws from a survey of over 80 airports worldwide conducted through 2010. It extracts the major findings in aggregate without disclosing the situation of individual airports, which was an important protocol for securing their participation in the survey.

We provide an initial interpretation of the regional context of modern airports; some overall statistical indicators of the airports surveyed; insights into their governance; commercial, sustainability and master planning; and details of our methodology. The two core sections of the report deal with how airports view their dealings with planning systems (strategies, policies, regulations) at the local and regional levels. Explanatory notes have been added after some diagrams and tables but for the most part in this initial digest of responses we try and let the findings speak for themselves.

The research reported here forms part of the Airport Metropolis Research Project 2007- 2010, supported by the Australian Research Council and industry partners in five Australian states and territories (

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