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Airport Planning & Capacity


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.

Draft Order 5090.5, Formulation of the NPIAS-ACIP

The FAA is accepting public comments on Draft Order 5090.5, Formulation of the NPIAS-ACIP, through February 15, 2019. When finalized, this new Order will replace both Order 5100.39A, Airports Capital Improvement Plan and Order 5090.3, Field Formulation of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

Advisory Circulars (ACs)

Airport Master Planning

Aviation Forecasts

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Guidance & Policy

NextGen for Airports

Passenger, Cargo, & Operations Data


Tools & Resources

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.

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