Infrastructure of an Airport
Airports have become a part of our daily lives – be it for business travellers who regularly frequent airports to get to their business destination, or for travellers who fly to their summer or winter holiday destination. Since flights are getting cheaper every year, air travel has become affordable to a wide public and travellers gladly choose travelling by plane over travelling by car, bus or train.
An important aspect of airports, especially when a new airport is built or when parts of an existing airport are reconstructed, is the topic of infrastructure. First, it has to be considered where an airport is to be built. The location of an airport is crucial, because travellers have to be offered easy access to the nearest cities in the surrounding area, be it by public transport such as buses, trains or subway, or by car or taxi. If changes are made to an existing airport, it is worthwhile considering whether a direct link to the next large city by means of public transport, say a specific airport line of bus or train services that takes passengers from the city center directly to the airport and back, is necessary. Making the commute to and from airports to the traveller’s destination as fast and comfortable but also as easy as possible plays a crucial role in airport development.
Infrastructure is not only important in the area around the airport; every airport has its own internal infrastructure (e.g. its own airport taxi). To ensure stress free travel for passengers and a more or less stress free work environment for the airport staff, well-considered infrastructure within an airport is key. Airports, therefore, have to be organized in a way that travellers can find their way around quickly and easily, since travellers, especially business travellers, are usually in a hurry. This is also important for tourists who come to a travel destination for the first time and may have trouble finding their way around at the airport. Passengers should not have trouble finding the information desk, the baggage drop-off or pick-up point, or other facilities such as restrooms, shops and restaurants.