So, at work there come great ideas sometimes… sometimes not for actual work whatsoever. lol
Reading an article in a work-related newspaper about major airports adapting themselves to accomodate (U)LCC in the future, sometimes even with newly-built and dedicated terminals I wondered: Is there something planned like an Airport Planning Tool?
(couldn’t find a thing but maybe just used the wrong search words)
For example you have your airport up and running nicely. You were able to attract airlines who use your airport as a destination point (sth like any charter-only-served airport comes to mind). Now you had some inquiries by airlines of the category of Ryanair and as well of a major hub airline like Lufthansa but your airport is not ready for their operations. Now what? Build a terminal hoping for the best? Of course not. You’d plan a construction on a blueprint, right?
There comes the Airport Planning Tool (APT [trademark]) with its Blueprint Layover feature handy!
You get all features you get to build an actual working structure in A.CEO but they cost nothing and can be build onto the existing structure (hence a blueprint layover). Then you are able to see how big will it be? Do you have to remove something or is there a better way in doing what you plan to do? And of course you’d get an estimated costs & time schedule aswell showing you what you have to expect if you build your structure!
And to round that off: It can be proposed in your official airport offer like “Hey! We’ll build that thing, sign here!”. If you proceed accordingly you have a new group of airline in your house… if you fail to deliver you get send to hell … or get a fine.
If this hasn’t been brought up yet… just in case… as said I couldn’t find it.