a space that will benefit the airline’s overhead costs and
increase the ability of its employees to work efficiently.
Naturally, no space or operation is the same, and airlines
that have been occupying the same area for many years
might feel that they risk losing space as the result of a
study. It’s not far from the truth — a space planning study
can result in an airline giving space back to an airport,
thereby saving on rent. But that's not always the case.
Sometimes it's about getting more out of an existing space
by looking for ways to optimize the layout given area
to create adaptability for capacity changes, eliminating the
need to take on additional space.
CREATING BREATHING ROOM
It’s no secret that passenger volumes are on the rise,
and airports might need to expand to meet the demand.
The increased revenues that airlines are experiencing from
this growth will allow them to invest in and modernize
outdated facilities by rethinking operations and spaces.
Technology will play a key role in these changes, and
employing innovative features, such as Wi-Fi, mobile
charging stations and easy check-in kiosks to enhance
passenger experience, will become commonplace.
Changes in airline operations can
create chances to reconsider existing
space requirements. Inefficiencies
in back-of-house areas created
by expansions and mergers are
often the result of duplicate spaces
and divided operations, which
In situations where airlines are
outgrowing their currently leased
space, the need to renegotiate
terms and possibly return unneeded
space to the airport becomes
more attractive if it means gaining
efficiencies and saving money.
Because it is more cost-effective
to invest in a space planning study
than it is to expand, airlines should
consider this process as an alternative
to taking on more, premium-priced
Space planning studies are an important part of
this new paradigm. Optimization of spaces will give
airports and airlines the ability to do more with
already existing space, satisfying corporate real estate
needs and the needs of their everyday operations.
Most importantly, space planning improves the
customer experience, preparing airlines and airports
to adapt to capacity changes now and into the future.