2019 ABE Master Plan
Master Plan Executive Summary
Airport Layout Plan (ALP)
The ABE Airport Layout Plan (ALP) is a tool required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure grant eligibility for future projects. Any future project requesting grant funding must be depicted on the ALP. The ALP is developed by incorporating the proposed elements of the Master Plan identified through the alternatives analysis and the implementation and phasing identified in the overall report. The ALP is a living document that is updated as projects are completed or refined through further analysis. It should also be noted that all projects are required to complete the Environmental review and approval process prior to any design or construction would commence.
2020 FAA Approved Airport Layout Plan (ALP)
Phase I of the Preferred Development Plan is shown below; with the additional phases and detail provided in the corresponding Master Plan Sections.
The Master Plan contains 8 Sections that are described and included below.
Section 1: Introduction
Overview of the entire Master Plan process and a brief Airport history and background.
Section 2: Regional Context
Evaluation of ABE’s functional relationship to the Northeast region and analysis of the integral components of the regional transportation and logistics network surrounding ABE. This section aids ABE in determining the relationship of the transportation network as it relates to passenger and cargo growth in the region, with ABE playing a key role in the local economy.
Section 3: Existing Conditions/Inventory
To effectively plan for the Airport’s future, a comprehensive understanding of existing conditions must be established for ABE. In addition to documenting the physical characteristics and facilities of the Airport, the inventory involves documenting the Airport’s local, regional, and national setting, planned development, airport policies, and environmental characteristics.
Section 4: Forecasts of Aviation Demand
The aviation demand forecasts for the 5-, 10-, 20-, and 25-year planning horizons are analyzed and presented in this Section. These forecasts will be used to effectively plan for future commercial air-carrier operations and air-cargo activity at the airport. The forecasted demand will then be the basis to aid ABE in defining the facility requirements and ultimately the preferred development plan.
Section 5: Demand/Capacity & Facility Requirements
This Section will compare the demand estimates to the existing capacity along with industry requirements to determine facility needs of ABE for the planning period. This analysis will determine the Airport’s ability to accommodate the future aviation demand throughout the planning period (2040). These facility needs will then be the basis of establishing the various Alternatives for the proposed airside/landside development.
Section 6: Alternatives Development & Evaluation
Utilizing the forecasted aviation demand and the identified capacity and facility requirements, a series of alternatives are evaluated to accommodate ABE’s future needs. The alternatives are categorized by their operational components (airfield, landside, terminal, etc.) and evaluated to determine the preferred development for each. The preferred alternatives are then refined and incorporated into ABE’s airport wide overall preferred development plan.
Section 7: Implementation and Phasing
This Section provides recommendations for the phased development identified on the preferred development plan at ABE through 2040. Four phases have been identified in this Section: Phase I (0-5 years); Phase II (6-10 years); Phase 3 (11-22 Years); Phase 4 (23+ years). The phases are identified not to focus on the potential year a project could be completed, but to guide ABE in prioritizing development to coincide with the actual passenger and cargo traffic demand to ensure capacity can be maintained now and into the future. The Airport can then utilize the phased development to define and identify the individual projects to form the basis of future Capital Improvement Program’s (CIP) for ABE. The phased development includes preliminary schedules and planning-level cost estimates.
Section 8: Financial Plan
This Section presents a financial analysis of the capital projects proposed in the Master Plan, along with the historical revenue and expenses to prepare financial projections throughout the planning period. A planning level financial model to evaluate the financial viability of the Master Plan was developed, along with the identification of potential funding sources for the Master Plan Development Alternatives and general financial projections.