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.
We have the global expertise to put forward-thinking strategy, design and technology into practice, whether advising clients on airport 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, design and implementation services encompass everything from air traffic control towers to cargo handling, information and control systems.
Raising standards in sustainability
Negotiating demand, capacity, regulation and investment constraints can mean tough choices in aviation. However, our pragmatic approach and wide-ranging skills in economics and planning, sustainability consulting, energy strategy, fire and carbon management enable us to shape solutions that meet business objectives while also balancing social, environmental and economic issues.
For Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse we introduced numerous sustainable measures with strong focus on energy and cost saving green design. Systems were designed to maximise efficiency and sustainability, including using recycled water for cooling and seawater for flushing, photovoltaic solar panels for energy generation, and high-performance glazing to reduce the need for air conditioning.
This short animation looks at the relationship between aviation and climate change.
Smarter and more streamlined
Arup’s innovation in technology, acoustics, security, IT and communications, integrated transport, operations consulting, and infrastructure design gives our aviation clients a leading edge, particularly in automation of the passenger process.
We 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.
We employed customer flow and behavioral models to design the new JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport, New York. This non-traditional approach enabled the design team to create a building with a much smaller footprint. The reduction in building volume used fewer raw materials, less energy, and requires significantly less maintenance; all without compromising the customer experience.
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. By making improvements for people, processes, and technology the new asset improved staff satisfaction as well as improved brand reputation.
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. Our work continues at the Beijing New Airport in Daxing District with structural peer review of the terminal’s roof, simulation of passenger flow in terminal, fire engineering and economic planning studies.