My doctoral work is about flexible airport development. It focuses on how to improve and adapt the development process of an airport terminal, in order to cope with air transport uncertainty and dynamism. The goal is to study the airport terminal flexibility by analysing its processes. One of the hypotheses of this thesis is that a terminal with flexible processes is a flexible airport terminal.
Uncertainty results of several factors, such as demand, economic cycles, environmental constraints or land-use restrictions. Flexibility has been pointed as a key mechanism to face uncertainty. Therefore, airport development must be based on flexible options.
The approach in this study is to analyse the terminal processes for passengers and luggage and herein, apply flexible options.