International Transport Forum Policy Papers

The ITF Transport Policy Papers provide evidence-based policy insights and recommendations. The series assembles reports from case-specific policy analyses carried out by the ITF on request of member countries, thematic reviews carried out in agreement with local institutions, studies completed in the context of the ITF Corporate Partnership Board, and other work focused on supporting policy decisions. The papers in this series will be of interest to policy makers, industry, researchers and transport experts.


Airport site selection

In 2015, the Korean Government’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) launched a feasibility study for increasing airport capacity in the Youngnam Region of Korea, the southeast quarter of the country. The Ministry appointed a consortium formed by the Korea Transportation Institute (KOTI) and ADPI (Aéroport de Paris Ingenierie, member of the Aéroports de Paris Group) to develop the methodology for deciding at which site airport expansion should take place.

In the framework of that work, the Korean Government requested that a roundtable be organised by the International Transport Forum to review the methodology developed for site selection and the criteria employed with a view to ensuring that the exercise undertaken for the Korean Government reflects current international best practice. This report is a product of this roundtable, organised in Paris in February 2016.

The review is based on examination of methodologies used for selecting airport expansion sites in four different ITF member countries: Australia, Japan, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

This report is part of the International Transport Forum’s Case-Specific Policy Analysis series. These are topical studies on specific issues carried out by the ITF in agreement with local institutions.


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