courtesy of Passenger Terminal World magazine.

The latest issue of the magazine is available online in full and the ‘Construction Update’ feature can be found from page 160 onwards in the digital edition – click here for the link.

Below is just a small selection of the construction work being undertaken across airports worldwide.

ASIA/AUSTRALASIA (27 projects in total)

  • Beijing New Airport Terminal Building (pictured above)

Location: China
Project: Construction of the world’s largest airport passenger terminal measuring 7,534,800ft2 with a capacity of 45 million passengers per year. The project also includes an 861,120ft2 ground transportation center.

Start: 2013
Completion: 2019
Cost: US$14bn
Architect: Zaha Hadid and ADP Ingénierie

  • Changi Airport

Location: Singapore
Project: Project Jewel, a mixed-use complex linking Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Plus construction of a new Terminal 5 in the next decade, increasing overall capacity to 135 million passengers a year.

Start: 2013
Completion: 2025
Architect: Safdie Architects

  • Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (pictured above)

Location: China
Project: Design of a new airport with two terminals, capable of serving up to 90 million passengers annually.
Start: 2016
Completion: 2020
Architect: CSWADI with ADP Ingénierie

  • Hong Kong International Airport

Location: China
Project: Upgrade of the airport to a three- runway system including expansion of terminals 1 and 2, an automated people mover and a new baggage handling system.
Start: 2016
Completion: Phase 1 2020; full completion 2020
Cost: US$18.2bn

  • Long Thanh International Airport (pictured above)

Location: Thailand
Project: Construction of the largest international airport in Vietnam
Start: 2019
Completion: Phase 1, 2025
Cost: US$16bn
Architect: Hansen Partnership

  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Location: Philippines
Project: Construction of an international passenger terminal building to handle eight million passengers per year, plus renovation of existing terminal building.
Start: 2013
Completion: New terminal, 2018; terminal renovation, 2019
Cost: US$320m
Construction: GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Construction Corporation of Philippines

MIDDLE EAST/ AFRICA (11 projects in total)

  • Ajman International Airport

Location: United Arab Emirates Project: Construction of a new airport. Start: 2014
Completion: 2018
Cost: US$600m
Architect: Mulk Holdings

  • Al Maktoum International Airport (pictured above)

Location: United Arab Emirates
Project: Expansion of passenger terminal. Phase 1 will include two satellite buildings that will jointly be able to handle 120 million passengers annually and accommodate 100 A380s at any time.
Start: 2016
Completion: Phase 1, 2018
Cost: US$32bn

  • King Abdulaziz International Airport

Location: Saudi Arabia
Project: Construction of two new terminals across an area of 8,700,000ft2 including passenger lounges, a new concourse with 25 additional passenger bridges, air bridges and movable gates, and apron and taxiway modi cations.
Start: 2013
Completion: Phase 1, 2018; Phase 2, 2025; Phase 3, 2035
Cost: US$7.2bn

NORTH AMERICA (34 projects in total)

  • John F Kennedy International Airport (pictured above)

Location: New York, USA
Project: Rebuilding of older terminals, including Terminals 1, 2 and 7, with additional gates, plus increased capacity for the AirTrain.
Cost: US$10bn

  • LaGuardia Airport

Location: New York, USA
Project: Full redesign of the airport including demolition of Terminal B, to be replaced with a larger structure that will join Delta Air Lines’ Terminals C and D.
Start: 2015
Completion: 2020
Cost: US$4bn
Architect: HOK

  • Los Angeles International Airport (pictured above)

Location: California, USA
Project: New 12-gate International Midfield Satellite North Concourse, which includes a ramp control tower, passenger tunnel, an expansion of Tom Bradley International Terminal, two utility tunnels, remote baggage-storage facility, and an electrical substation to support the concourse.
Start: 2016
Completion: 2020
Cost: US$1.6bn
Architect: Corgan in association with Gensler, supported by gkkworks

  • Orlando International Airport

Location: Florida, USA
Project: Capital Improvement Plan, which includes the enhancement of the North Terminal Complex; construction of an automated people mover complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF); and construction of a new South Terminal.

Start: 2017
Completion: 2023
Cost: US$3.1bn
Architects: Fentress, HNTB and Schenkel Schultz

  • Vancouver International Airport (pictured above)

Location: Canada
Project: YVR 2037 Master Plan for expanded terminals, new taxiways, a geo-exchange heating and cooling system, and upgraded roads and bridges. Will increase capacity to handle 35 million passengers annually.
Completion: 2037
Cost: US$4.2bn

CENTRAL/ SOUTH AMERICA/ CARIBBEAN (14 projects in total)

  • Jorge Chávez International Airport

Location: Peru
Project: Construction of a second terminal and runway.
Start: 2018
Cost: US$1.5bn
Architects/engineers: Fraport

  • Mexico City International Airport (pictured above)

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Project: Construction of a 5,000,000ft2 hub airport for Latin America. The terminal is made from one continuous lightweight gridshell, designed to harness the power of the sun, collect rainwater, and provide shading.
Start: 2014
Completion: 2020
Cost: US$9.4bn
Architects: Foster + Partners, Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) and FR-EE

EUROPE/ EURASIA (32 projects in total)

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Location: Netherlands
Project: Construction of a new terminal located to the south of the Schiphol Plaza capable of accommodating 14 million passengers. Also the construction of a new exible pier to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft.
Start: 2016
Completion: Pier, 2019; terminal, 2023 Architect: KAAN Architecten, Estudio Lamela, ABT and Ineco

  • Edinburgh Airport

Location: Scotland, UK
Project: Capital investment program including three-story terminal extension.
Start: 2017
Completion: Extension in 2018; CIP in 2022 Cost: US$280m

  • Frankfurt International Airport (pictured above)

Location: Germany
Project: Construction of Terminal 3 to the south of the airport’s parallel runways. Terminal 3 will be linked to Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the airport train stations, by expanding the baggage conveyor and Sky Line people mover systems.

Start: 2015
Completion: 2023
Cost: Phase 1, US$1.6bn; US$3.2bn total

  • London Heathrow Airport

Location: UK
Project: Construction of a third runway and new Central Terminal Area.
Completion: 2026
Cost: US$23.2bn
Architects/engineers: Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod

  • Istanbul New Airport (pictured above)

Location: Turkey
Project: World’s largest airport terminal, with a gross floor area close to 11,000,000ft2 for the first terminal, delivered in four phases.
Start: 2013
Completion: Phase 1, 2019
Cost: US$16bn
Architect: Grimshaw, Haptic Architects and Nordic – Office of Architecture

  • Keflavík International Airport

Location: Iceland
Project: Masterplan includes the expansion of the airport, construction of an airport city, additional parking, and a new rail link.

Start: 2014
Completion: 2018
Architect: Nordic – Office of Architecture

  • Manchester Airport (pictured above)

Location: UK
Project: Investment program including expansion of Terminal 2, improvements to Terminal 3, airside transfer facilities, US pre- clearance facility, security hall, self-service check-in facilities, additional F&B and retail outlets, construction of stands and piers, and improved road access.
Start: 2015
Completion: Phased until 2025
Cost: US$1.5bn

  • I guess most of the cutting-edge airports are being built in Asia or the Mideast, viz China and Turkey.

  • It is astonishing notice the level of usage of technology for the comfort and delight of the passengers. The facilities like the kiosks at check-in and in Immigration has reduced the time of queuing considerably. The use of bio-metric and baggage self check-in and self tagging has drastically reduced the number of staff in the airports. Wonder what would Charles Babbage think if he were alive.

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