Airport planning encompasses capacity, master and regional planning, aviation forecasting, and airspace planning. Activities include providing planning guidance, producing the biennial National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, developing capacity studies, collecting boarding and cargo data to determine airport categories, and supporting NexGen through the development of tools such as the eALP.

Regional Supplemental Guidance


Additional guidance on this topic is available for the following regions of the country:

Planning Forms

Enplanement / All-Cargo Data
Subject/Title Number Other Formats Notes
All-Cargo Carrier Activity Report Form 5100-108   Visit the All-Cargo Reporting page for additional information and sample forms. Instructions included with form.
Airport Activity Survey 1800-31   Visit the Airport Activity Survey page for forms, instructions, additional information, and samples.

Planning Reports

Capacity Planning
SubjectTitle Date Other Formats
GAO Report: National Airspace System - Regional Airport Planning Could Help Address Congestion If Plans Were Integrated with FAA and Airport Decision Making (GAO-10-120) (added 2/5/2010) 12/2009 NA

Capacity Needs in the National Airspace System, 2007-2025 (PDF, 1.28 MB)
An Analysis of Airports and Metropolitan Area Demand and Operational Capacity in the Future (FACT 2)

Because of the size of this report, it is also available in smaller sections:

5/2007 NA
Capacity Needs in the National Airspace System Report (PDF)
An Analysis of Airport and Metropolitan Area Demand and Operational Capacity in the Future (FACT 1)
6/2004 NA