Included below, you will find the most common question about the Master Plan. Please contact us if you have a question that is not listed below.



Who Owns And Operates Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport?
The Airport is owned by the City of Birmingham. The Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA) is responsible for the operation, administration, growth and development of the Airport. The BAA is a public corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama. The BAA is financially self-sustaining and does not receive city or state general taxpayer funds.

Who Is Preparing The Airport Master Plan?
Following a qualifications-based selection process, STRADA-AECOM Joint Venture was selected to undertake the Airport Master Plan study. Strada Professional Services is a local minority-owned engineering-consultancy company. AECOM is an internationally operated infrastructure company. The joint venture will be supported by local Alabama firms, Robinson & Robinson and Volkert. Our team optimizes the process to balance local needs and community processes with world-renowned aviation technical support.

Who Is Paying For The Master Plan Study?
This Master Plan Update is being paid for with a combination of federal grant funds and airport-generated revenue. This project is not funded by general taxpayer dollars.

Who Approves The Airport Master Plan?
The Airport Master Plan will be approved by the Birmingham Airport Authority.

What Is The FAA’s Role In The Airport Master Plan?
The FAA has two official roles during the Airport Master Plan study:

  • FAA reviews and approves the aviation forecasts
  • FAA formally approves the location of future facilities for flight and safety standards The FAA also serves a support and advisory role during the preparation of the Airport Master plan.

Will The Project Change The Type Of Aircraft That Use The Airport?
No, the master plan will not directly change the type of aircraft that use the Airport. This is because the existing facilities are already sufficient to accommodate nearly all aircraft currently in operation and that are entering service. However, the plan anticipates that the average size of airplanes using the airport will become incrementally larger over time. For example, regional jets will become larger (50 seats to 90 seats) which, in turn, will be replaced with mainline aircraft such as Boeing 737s and Airbus 320s. This is consistent with national trends that the master plan is intending to address.

How Are Environmental Concerns Such As Noise, Wetlands, And Air Quality Being Considered In The Master Plan?
The Master Plan Study will evaluate the noise impacts associated with the airfield as well as any environmental impacts that proposed development may have.

Who Pays For The Projects Recommended In An Airport Master Plan?
Projects in an airport Master Plan are typically funded through a variety of sources. These sources include FAA grants, airport revenue funds, and passenger facility charges. Third party investors may also pay for development projects.

What’s The Next Step Before The Airport Proceeds With A Recommended Project?
Additional studies may be required before a project can begin. These studies may include environmental studies or any other studies needed to satisfy required permit applications.

How Can I Be Involved In The Master Plan Study?
There are several ways for you to be involved in the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport Master Plan Update:

  • Visit this website to receive updates.
  • Sign up for Master Plan Update newsletters.
  • Attend Public Meetings to talk to airport staff and members of the study team.
  • Share your thoughts: Questions and comments are welcome at any time during the study through the Feedback Page.

My Question Is Not Included In These FAQs?
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