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Over 50 years’ experience equips Arup to help aviation clients find better ways forward.

Today, the aviation industry faces increasingly complex challenges. It connects more people, further afield. But it must also meet higher demands in security and sustainability and plan for changeable market conditions. Reducing cost and increasing revenue in both aeronautical and non-aeronautical offerings is critical to the success of airports and airlines.

Around the globe, airlines, airport operators, investors, developers and regulators come to Arup for holistic solutions, from transaction advice to operational readiness, to balance their competing issues.

Arup has the expertise to put forward-thinking strategy, design and technology into practice, whether advising clients on aviation planning, policy or finance, or delivering smarter airport operations and infrastructure. Our solutions deliver real business benefit by balancing the needs of people, operational processes, technology solutions and the facilities and environments in which solutions are implemented.

Although the eye-catching terminal buildings we realise in collaboration with architects often steal the limelight, our planning and design services encompass everything from air traffic control towers to cargo handling, information and control systems.

This short animation looks at the relationship between aviation and climate change.

Raising standards in sustainability

Negotiating demand, capacity, regulation and investment constraints can mean tough choices in aviation. However, Arup’s pragmatic approach and wide-ranging skills in economics and planning, sustainability consultingenergy strategy and carbon management enable us to shape solutions that meet business objectives while also balancing social, environmental and economic issues.

We helped distinguish Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, with the world’s first airport terminal to be rated silver in the LEED® environmental star system. At the same time, we helped our client secure the opportunities created by rapid local growth with fast-track delivery, achieved by progressing design and construction in parallel.

Smarter and more streamlined

Arup’s innovation in technology, acoustics, security, IT and communications, integrated transportlogistics and infrastructure design gives our aviation clients a leading edge, particularly in automation of the passenger process.

Working in partnership with Ultra PRT and BAA, Arup developed an entirely new design code to create a guideway for the Heathrow pod, the ground-breaking personal rapid transit (PRT) system between Terminal 5 and its business car park.

For Dubai International Airport and Emirates Airlines, we ensured smooth transition from build to operation at their Dubai Terminal 3 home by bringing advanced thinking in operational readiness to the largest ever airport trials programme.

Global experts, localised solutions

Aviation businesses often work globally, but success also depends on seeing through local eyes. Likewise, while Arup brings together top international experts that can realise world-leading ideas anywhere, we see each project as an individual challenge. And so our solutions work in context.

At Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3, our performance-based design resulted in buildings that cut energy costs by responding to Beijing’s winter and summer extremes. For instance, skylights make the most of winter sun for heating but also keep out the harshest summer heat to save on cooling.

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Peter Budd
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Explore our work

Aerial view, artisit's impression of finished Abu Dhabi airport.

Project: Abu Dhabi International Airport – Midfield Terminal Building

Developing a new terminal at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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The outside of Heathrow Terminal 2.

Project: Heathrow Terminal 2

The new Terminal 2 building has been designed specifically around the needs of the passenger and will transform the traveller experience.

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JetBlue terminal in low light. Credit Prakash Patel/Gensler.

Project: JetBlue Terminal 5

Meeting the demands of modern air travel, relieving check-in, security and baggage claim bottlenecks.

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