Last updated: 03:59 PM ET, Tue July 21 2015

Is This The Airport Of The Future?

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | July 21, 2015

Is This The Airport Of The Future?

The noise might be an issue, but an English architectural graduate school student has submitted a design for the Stockholm Airport that puts the facility smack dab in the center of the city – complete with elevated runways over the streets.

The design is a product of the mind of 25-year old Alex Sutton, whose graduate year assignment at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture was to create a “utopian dream.”

This is one heck of a dream.

Sutton’s proposal would create a new airport in Stockholm above the city streets and canals, according to de zeen magazine, including the use of elevated runways.

Now, to be fair, it’s certainly not the first time an airport has intersected with everyday life, as this runway over a highway at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany shows.

The magazine said Sutton wanted to create an airport that was both practical but fits the needs of future travelers, especially its location – in the city or, more importantly, not relegated to the suburbs.

"Travel demand in the aviation industry is set to double by 2030 and continue increasing exponentially into the future," Sutton said. "In order to satisfy demand and the increasing importance of the airport on local economies, capacity in the industry needs to increase. This project uses Stockholm, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, as a testing ground to establish a fully integrated urban airport as part of a new city district, in a time when aviation technology is such that aircraft and airports could operate from within our cities."

His design includes such features as city-wide baggage systems and elevated taxi-track systems to move aircraft around the terminals without having to keep their engines on.


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