Having a good understanding of the flooding mechanisms that may affect an airport and understanding how to account for them in the design processes is absolutely essential. Similarly, ensuring that you have a good climate change adapttation plan in place and establishing a strong response framework relating to ‘trigger points’ in the future is critical to how an airport can and needs to adapt for climate change.
Airport hubs have excellent potential to become more ‘central’ urban environments. Airports are never just about runways and aircraft – there are always more development opportunities available whether they are rail links, hotels, hangars or supply chain facilities. An increasing number of developers are recognising the potential of building near airport hubs and airports are drafting property master plans that allow for this future development.
There is also opportunity to seek out innovative solutions to deal with climate change. Through knowledge sharing and collaboration, there is great potential to develop holistic and innovative strategies to mitigate the future impacts of our changing environment on airport hubs and beyond.