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SPS Provides Leadership in
Developing Key Aviation Milestones

Five Decades of Visionary Advice to

Airport Leaders

SPS is comprised of airport professionals with a proven track record of developing visionary plans for our clients. Our senior principals’ plans and ideas have withstood the test of time – they not only have met the immediate needs of our clients, but they have proven to be the right foundation to support the long-term growth of their airports and the economic development of the communities they serve.
SPS is proud to have supported some of the world’s most progressive airport leaders by providing ideas and a roadmap that would ensure their economic success through decades of industry change, economic stress, adverse natural and political events, and even pandemics.


Shanghai Pudong International Airport Terminal 3

In the mid-1980s

In the mid-1980s, SPS principals conducted the airside and land use planning for the new Denver Airport, the world’s first runway system designed for triple and quadruple independent all-weather approaches.

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New Denver International Airport (DEN)

In the 1990s

In the late 1990s, SPS principals presented to the Chicago Department of Aviation the first conceptual plan for reconfiguration of the O’Hare multi-direction intersecting runway pairs into a largely parallel runway system to lay the foundation for triple (and potential quadruple) all-weather approaches.

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Chicago O’Hare International Airport Modernization Program (ORD)

In the mid-2000s

SPS principals led the planning of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and assisted the Shanghai Airport Authority with the planning and conceptual layout of the new master plan, which included design of Terminal 2, one of the most efficient apron operations among all airports in China, and the world’s first truly integrated multi-modal air-rail transportation facility. The concept incorporates a limited access roadway system, to better serve traffic flows, convenient passenger transfers and flexible land use concepts.

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Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

In the mid-2000s

SPS Principals were instrumental in preparing the long-term development strategy for Hong Kong International Airport. We championed the concept of developing a third runway and expanding the terminal precinct to meet the unique requirements of a major global hub. We were subsequently part of the master plan team that led the detailed planning for the third runway and a comprehensive land use development strategy.

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)


Our principals led the planning for the major expansion of Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which pioneered the use of dynamic swing gates in China. We continued leading the airfield expansion and the south satellite concourse design – the largest satellite in the world. SPS principals led the refinement of the airside, terminal, and land use plans at PVG, which included a highly efficient ultimate airfield plan.

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Early Rendering of Shanghai Pudong International Airport Terminal Area

Late 2000

Our principals led the planning and conceptual design for the new Terminal 2 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. The innovative apron design provided flexibility for serving the growing fleet and hub operation for China Southern Airlines and their alliance partners.

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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

In the mid-2010’s

In the mid-2010’s, our principals were instrumental in developing the master plan for the New Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, which is currently under construction and scheduled to begin operations in 2026. The airport will initially serve 10 million passengers per year, with the ultimate capacity for 82 million passengers per year by the 2060’s.

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New Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (NSA)

In the late 2010s

In 2016 our senior leadership assisted the Department of Aviation in securing airline approval for the redevelopment of the O’Hare terminal core area to balance terminal/gate capacity with the increased capability of the reconfigured runway system. This involved providing strategic and technical support during the renegotiation of the 35-year-old Use and Lease Agreement to promote improved airline terminal/apron facility utilization. SPS professionals served as Chair of the Airline Technical Working Group for the Chicago Department of Aviation and provided strategic guidance and technical analysis, which led to the approval of the US$8.5 billion airport development program and execution of the 2018 Airline Use and Lease Agreement.

SPS - Airline Approved O’Hare Terminal Area Plan, 2018

Airline Approved O’Hare Terminal Area Plan, 2018

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